NEW YORK — 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 Palice 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.
Palice 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 1/4-length victory over Oxbow at Belmont Park, with Kentucky Derby winner Orb another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.