Todd Pletcher wins Belmont Stakes with outsider Palace Malice
Todd Pletcher insisted the easy victory of Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes came as no surprise to him.
Last Updated: 09/06/13 8:59am
The son of Curlin finished only 12th in the Kentucky Derby behind Orb but turned that form on its head with the Derby winner back in third on this occasion.
Pletcher had five runners in the final leg of the Triple Crown, and was just glad to bag another win in the Grade One he last won with the filly , Rags To Riches, in 2007.
"It's huge," said Pletcher. "We always felt he had a big win in him. He just needed to put it all together.
"I kept saying I know there's a big (race) there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon.
"He got close a couple of times but didn't quite get it done. (The Belmont) pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned.
"Mike was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along, pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus."
Oxbow, the winner of the Preakness Stakes, was three-and-a-quarter lengths away in second