2013 Belmont Stakes Week

Images from Belmont week 2013

The dawn of another Belmont Stakes Week for D. Wayne Lukas.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Kentucky Derby winner Orb seemed at ease, back home at Belmont Park.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese

Orb stretching his legs.

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Preakness winner Oxbow made a favorable impression on the Belmont track as well.

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Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul gets a feel for Belmont.

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WinStar Farm's Revolutionary, looking to improve on his third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

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Todd Pletcher (right) and Elliott Walden (center) watch over WinStar Farm's Revolutionary.

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Filly Unlimited Budget, preparing to take on the boys in the Belmont Stakes.

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Palace Malice, pacesetter in the Kentucky Derby, will not be wearing blinkers in the Belmont.

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Dogwood Stables' Palace Malice

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Gary Stevens and the buglers at the Empire State Building.

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Unlimited Budget (outside) has her final workout Sunday morning with stablemate Capo Bastone.

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Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, ponying Will Take Charge at Belmont.

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Will Take Charge struts his stuff.

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Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Day. Now, we know the players and how they will start. The finish is still in question.

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Todd Pletcher flashes a smile at the Post Position Draw.

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D. Wayne Lukas must be pleased with his post positions.

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Telling tales at the Belmont Draw.

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That would make a nice addition to anyone's mantle.

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Peter Pan winner Freedom Child heads to the track.

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Freedom Child

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Midnight Taboo, one of three Belmont Stakes entries for Mike Owner Repole, and one of five for Trainer Todd Pletcher.

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Midnight Taboo has only a maiden win to his credit so far.

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Midnight Taboo, along with stablemate Micromanage, has his final workout before the Belmont Stakes.

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A wonderful way to spend your morning.

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb (outside) works with stablemate Hymn Book Sunday morning at Belmont.

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Overanalyze seems very comfortable at Belmont Park.

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Overanalyze

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Oxbow goes for a stroll.

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Will Take Charge, it's a beautiful day at Belmont.

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WinStar Farm's Revolutionary showing off his braids.

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The clouds came rolling in on Thursday.

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Frac Daddy Thursday morning at Belmont.

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Frac Daddy and Trainer Ken McPeek walking the shedrow.

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Bathtime for Frac Daddy.

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Trainer Shug McGaughey (L) talks about his Belmont chances with sports radio/tv host Mike Francesa.

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Orb

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Orb

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Unlimited Budget, ready for the big show.

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Sealing the track on Thursday.

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Sealing the track.

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Frac Daddy checks out the footing on Friday morning.

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Incognito doesn't seem to mind the slop on Friday morning.

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Incognito may not have the credentials of some of the other Belmont Stakes entrants, but he has the pedigree, by A. P. Indy, out of grade I winner Octave. Both of his parents excelled at Belmont Park, including A. P. Indy's Belmont win in 1992.

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In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown, NYRA placed a blue-and-white striped pole inside the main track marking the 31-length margin of Secretariat's victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

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Watching the action on Friday afternoon. Who's afraid of a little rain?

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Royal Lahaina took the first stakes race on Friday, the Mariensky Stakes, with Jose Ortiz aboard.

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The Jaipur Stakes, scheduled for 7 furlongs on the turf on Friday, was run at 7 furlongs on the sloppy main track in a driving rain.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Big Screen (right) held off Souper Speedy to finish in front, but Big Screen was disqualified and Souper Speedy was awarded the win.

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Off in the Brooklyn Handicap.

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Calidoscopio trailed the field by more than 20 lengths early, but rolled home to an easy win in the Brooklyn (gr. II).

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Calidoscopio and Aaron Gryder, Brooklyn Handicap winners.

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Calidoscopio, and jockey Aaron Gryder head to the Winner's Circle after victory in the Brooklyn Handicap.

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