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2011 Belmont Entries


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© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated June 09, 2011

A field of 12 will face the starter in the 143rd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on Saturday June 11, the final leg of the Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom drew post 9 and is the 2-1 favorite on the morning line, off his close second in the Preakness. Back for a rematch is Preakness winner Shackleford, who drew post 12 on the far outside which dropped hinm to third choice at 9-2. Second choice at odds of 4-1 is Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro who drew the 6 hole and is coming here off 5 week's rest.

Animal Kingdom's trainer Graham Motion said, "I think he's going to have to be close in a 1 1/2 mile race, I don't think it's going to take him out of his game. I would have preferred 6 or 7. I would not have wanted to be in the 1 or the 12. The 12 is right near the grandstand. I'm happy [Shackleford] is in the 12. It will make him work a little bit. It's going to be a tactical race, no doubt about it. I think these two horses coming down the stretch would be the ultimate. It would validate the other two races and start a rivalry. It's great for this race. It's a test of champions."

Dale Romans, trainer of Shackleford, said "I think in a 1 1/2 mile race like the Belmont, the post position isn't that important. With post position 12, he'll be the last one in and the first one out. Hopefully, he'll be able to clear the field. He's fast enough that he'll be able to break and clear everyone anyway. The biggest part of racing is the Triple Crown. The Belmont is a grueling test, and you have to have a great horse to do it. Shackleford has been training super. Without a Triple Crown on the line, this is going to be one of the most exciting Belmonts I can remember."

With a post time of 6:35 p.m. EDT, the Belmont Stakes will be the 11th of 13 races and will be telecast nationally on NBC beginning at 5 p.m., with coverage on VERSUS from 3-5 p.m. VERSUS will also carry post-race coverage from 7-7:30 p.m.

Below are the horses entered for the 2011 Belmont Stakes with post positions and morning line odds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo. Free past performances are available from Daily Racing Form.

Triple Crown quick links:

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
1Master of HoundsAiden O'Brien 1.07  Garrett Gomez10-1
2Stay ThirstyTodd Pletcher 2.25  Ramon Dominguez20-1
3Ruler on IceKelly Breen 2.56  Jose Valdivia Jr.20-1
4SantivaEddie Kenneally 1.67  Shaun Bridgmohan15-1
5Brilliant SpeedTom Albertrani 1.72  Joel Rosario15-1
6NehroSteve Asmussen 4.33  Corey Nakatani4-1
7MonzonIgnacio Correas3.40  Jose Lezcano30-1
8Prime CutNeil Howard 1.44  Edgar Prado15-1
9Animal KingdomGraham Motion 1.67  John Velazquez2-1
10Mucho Macho ManKatherine Ritvo 2.43  Ramon Dominguez10-1
11Isn't He PerfectDoodnauth Shivmangal2.06  Rajiv Maragh30-1
12ShacklefordDale Romans 3.62  Jesus Castanon9-2

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