Belmont Stakes Preview: Animal Kingdom Will Have Its Day at Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes

Horse Betting. There will not be a Triple Crown winner again in 2011, but after one of the most exciting finishes of the year at the Preakness Stakes fans are looking forward to this year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes betting race as if there is still a chance there could be. Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom rallied from way back through the final turn to push eventual Preakness winner Shackle ford to the limit before conceding the race, and that has set the stage for an incredible showdown in the final leg of the Triple Crown. With both the Preakness winner and the Derby winner set for run against one another, look for Animal Kingdom to have its day.

If the Preakness had been run on the mile-and-a-half length at Belmont Park, then online sports betting fans could very well be anticipating the chance for Animal Kingdom to be chasing the Triple Crown this upcoming weekend. The Derby winner narrowly missed out on catching Shackleford by less than a length at the final line, and if it can avoid another tough break out of the sports betting bonus gate there is nothing that will stand in its way in the final leg, even if Shackleford is running in New York.

There are 17 horses in the history of the Triple Crown that have managed to capture the final two legs, but Shackleford will not join that list after drawing the No. 12 position. There were question marks about whether or not trainer Dale Romans would even have the horse entered following a couple of big races, noting that Shackleford also placed fourth at the Run for the Roses back at the beginning of May. Animal Kingdom had to deal with a tough break that included getting caught up with several horses early on and failing to gain any online sports betting separation, but he will have a much better run after drawing post nine for the Belmont Stakes.

The horse with the best chance to challenge Animal Kingdom will be Nehro, the horse that finished second at the Kentucky Derby but didn’t run at the Preakness Stakes so that it can get more rest. That should mean that it has fresher legs than Animal Kingdom at the big race this pay per head weekend, but after finishing second in each of its last three starts it could be a case where the delay will keep it from reaching its potential in another anti-climactic ending. There is nothing that can be put against Animal Kingdom to win this race, especially considering how it has fared so far this season and the fact that it drew excellent post position. 11 other horses have completed the double win at the Derby and then the Belmont, and Animal Kingdom will be next in line to join that illustrious list and have its day on a sunny day at Belmont Park in New York this weekend.

Belmont Stakes Picks: Rivalry Between Triple Crown Winners Builds Anticipation

Horse Betting It has been a problem that has plagued the final leg of the Triple Crown for the better part of the past couple of decades, somewhat of a stain on what is regarded as one of the premiere races of the horse racing season. It will get a ton of attention again this year without the potential for a Triple Crown winner once again after Shackle ford narrowly beat out Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom at the Preakness Stakes to make sure that 1978’s Affirmed would remain the last horse to complete the prestigious sweep. However, there will be some added intrigue to the 2011 Belmont Stakes betting race with the fact that both winners are expected to run against one another in New York in what could be considered the deciding run that will determine which horse had the better overall season.

The potential rivalry race between Animal Kingdom and Shackle ford would be interesting for several reasons, with the obvious one being the finishes that each horse has registered through the first two legs of the 2011 Triple Crown. Animal Kingdom came out of nowhere as a long shot to win the Kentucky Derby way ahead of the heavily favored Dialed in, and then nearly pulled off an incredible comeback at the Preakness Stakes when it emerged from the middle of the online sports betting pack to finish second by a half-length. The winner of that race was Shackle ford which managed to barely hold on, but it could have a tougher time at the 1 ½ mile Belmont Park. The Preakness winner finished fourth at the Derby also behind Nehru and Mucho Macho Man, both expected to also compete in the early June race. Both in terms of breeding and prestige this final leg will mean a lot to both horses, and then there is the prize money that will go to the owner that finishes the pay per head race first. If that wasn’t enough incentive for these two horses when they clash against one another, then consider that the Eclipse Award has always gone to the horse that won the Preakness, as well as the Horse of the Year award for three-year olds on three separate occasions. If Animal Kingdom can win the Belmont it will surely spoil that streak.

While the battle on the track between Animal Kingdom and Shackle ford won’t have the prestige of the memorable rivalry between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta off of the track, the buzz that the idea creates will establish a sense of anticipation for the Belmont Stakes. With the Breeder’s Cup Classic also in the fold later on in the MLB betting summer, there will be a ton of races to watch and the rivalry could be something to follow that will attract more casual fans to pay attention. There is plenty incentive there for the owners and a ton of money on the line, which is why despite the fact that there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2011 there will still be a ton of excitement