Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orb Favored at Belmont

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orb Favored at Belmont

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the horse to beat in the Belmont Stakes.

Despite finishing fourth behind Oxbow in the Preakness, Orb was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a 14-horse field entered Wednesday for the final leg of the Triple Crown. The colt trained by Shug McGaughey drew the No. 5 post position.

Oxbow, who will leave from the No. 7 post for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, was the third betting choice at 5-1. Revolutionary, one of trainer Todd Pletcher's record five horses in the field, is the second choice at 9-2. The field is the largest since 1996.

"I think Shug has established his horse as the favorite today, and that's right," said Lukas, who has won a record 14 Triple Crown races, including the Belmont four times. "But I think he knows he has to take care of business in getting us out of the way, too."

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