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UA's Pletcher finds winner's circle at Belmont

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Horse trainer Todd Pletcher (UA '89) wins for the 3rd time in a Triple Crown race. Horse trainer Todd Pletcher (UA '89) wins for the 3rd time in a Triple Crown race.

NEW YORK (AP) - Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

The win gave Todd Pletcher (UA '89) his second Belmont winner in six years, and vindicated the trainer's support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one win.

The nation's leading trainer also won the 2007 Belmont with the filly Rags to Riches and the 2010 Derby with Super Saver. Smith won his second Belmont, having won aboard Drosselmeyer in 2010.

Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.

Palace Malice, ridden by Mike Smith and sent off at odds of 13-1, returned $29.60, $11.20 and $6.70. The colt was one of a record five entries by Pletcher.

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