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Belmont Stakes could be wet, wide-open race

Saturday - 6/8/2013, 3:16pm  ET

Kentucky Derby winner Orb trainer Shug McGaughey talks with reporters at Belmont Park, Friday, June 7, 2013, in Elmont, N.Y. Orb is entered in Saturday's Belmont Stakes horse race. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orb and Oxbow. Oxbow and Orb. Anyway you draw it up, there will not be a Triple Crown on the line in the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Even without a Triple try, the Belmont is still an intriguing race. It matches Kentucky Derby winner Orb against Preakness winner Oxbow, Todd Pletcher sending out a record five horses and one of the largest fields in the 145-year history of a race also known as the "Test of the Champion."

So let's not overanalyze the rematch because there are many more story lines that will unfold when the 14-horse field begins its 1
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