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Palace Malice scores upset in Belmont Stakes

Sunday - 6/9/2013, 3:22pm  ET

Palace Malice, left, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, crosses the finish line to win the 145th Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The two Hall of Fame jockeys were just about nose to nose as their horses hit the middle of the final turn of the Belmont Stakes.

Gary Stevens, aboard Preakness winner Oxbow, was going to relinquish the lead to the hard-charging Palace Malice, and he knew it. He glanced over to his right and looked at good friend Mike Smith and told him: "You go on with him big boy, you're moving better than me."

Was he ever.

Palace Malice seized the lead with a quarter-mile to go Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown and ran off to a 3
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