ELMONT, NY - JUNE 05: Jockey Mike Smith (left) hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy with trainer Bill Mott after riding Drosselmeyer to win the running of the 142nd Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, 2010 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Belmont Stakes 2011: Saturday Afternoon Odds Updated For Animal Kingdom, Others

The 143rd Belmont Stakes features Animal Kingdom, Shackleford and several other of 2011's top finishers.

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Belmont Stakes 2011: Saturday Afternoon Odds Updated For Animal Kingdom, Others

With only three hours before post time, the latest odds were revealed via Daily Racing Form for the 2011 Belmont Stakes. Several significant shifts have taken place for some of the most recognizable horses, and it should make even the odds interesting to watch as they come down to the finish.

Shackleford was once a long 16-1 odds but significant sway has taken place to bring the odds to a current standing of 9-1 — still a longshot for the winner of the Preakness Stakes. Meanwhile Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom started at a 5-2 as of Friday evening, but is now at 3-1. The complete list is posted below:

1. Master of Hounds, 9-2
2. Stay Thirsty, 16-1
3. Ruler On Ice, 29-1
4. Santiva, 13-1
5. Brilliant Speed, 9-1
6. Nehro, 4-1
7. Monzon, 26-1
8. Prime Cut, 20-1
9. Animal Kingdom, 3-1
10. Mucho Macho Man, 7-1
11. Isn’t He Perfect, 31-1
12. Shackleford, 9-1

Make sure to check out And Down The Stretch They Come for complete race coverage online.

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Belmont Stakes 2011: TV Coverage, Race Day Info, Post Times

For horse racing fans looking to get the most out of your Belmont Stakes race day, you'll need to stay tuned to NBC and Versus for all of your coverage from beginning to end. NBC has you covered for the official race, yet Versus has all of the before and after with complete interviews with jockeys and trainers and coverage with full race analysis of the 143rd Belmont Stakes.

The match-up that will most likely highlight Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom against Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford happens tonight with an approximate post time of 6:36pm ET. Coverage runs on NBC from 5:00-7:00pm ET to cover the race as well as the previous race known as the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, which posts at 5:35pm ET.

Racing starts at New York’s Belmont Park at 11:35am ET and continues through two more races after the official Belmont Stakes. The overall purse at stake for the 12 thoroughbreds is $1 million and first place wins $600K overall. It’s a title and earnings that the owners, trainers and jockeys of horses like the aforementioned Shackleford, Animal Kingdom or other favorites like Nehro or Mucho Macho Man would love to add to their resume.

Make sure to check out And Down The Stretch They Come for more coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

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Possible Inclement Weather Favors Shackleford At 2011 Belmont Stakes

At a mile-and-a-half, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of the major outings in the horse racing year — hence the reason they term the race “the test of a champion.” For a speed racer like Shackleford, it places him at a distinct disadvantage since his initial burst fades given more time and distance. Thus, the 16-1 odds facing Shackleford as of early this morning.

But clouds loom on the horizon of the 143rd running of the 2011 Belmont Stakes and they signify that track conditions could be changing. On paper, Shackleford looks like an underdog, even though he just won the 2011 Preakness Stakes a few weeks ago. Coming from a post position on the outside, Shackleford already sits at a position that only one horse in the last 143 races has won from. Given his “speed” label, Shackleford was actually a safer bet to finish out of the money than at the top.

But inclement weather will make the track run slower, giving a speed horse even more of an advantage. Perhaps Shackleford can create an even greater lead from the outset that no other horse will be able to overcome at the end. At the very least, it makes the speed label less of an issue when everything becomes cloudy — from the sky to predictions. Either way, it’s just another reason why today’s Belmont Stakes should be an interesting race to watch.

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Belmont Stakes 2011: Updated Odds For Animal Kingdom, Shackleford

After another week of listening to experts discuss the merits of Animal Kingdom versus Shackleford, it’s finally race day for those fans wanting to see which horse comes out on top at the 2011 Belmont Stakes. The 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes features both winners of the Kentucky Derby (Animal Kingdom) and Preakness (Shackleford) against each other, along with some interesting darkhorse candidates.

The updated odds from Daily Racing Form are in and Shackleford is a surprising 16-1, which makes him a good bet at least at this point. Others like Master of Hounds and Nehro are actually much more favored at this point — a sign that Shackleford was indeed an upset at the Preakness.

Here are the official odds as of late Friday:
1. Master of Hounds, 5-1
2. Stay Thirsty, 12-1
3. Ruler On Ice, 42-1
4. Santiva, 8-1
5. Brilliant Speed, 9-1
6. Nehro, 5-1
7. Monzon, 55-1
8. Prime Cut, 18-1
9. Animal Kingdom, 5-2
10. Mucho Macho Man, 6-1
11. Isn’t He Perfect, 39-1
12. Shackleford, 16-1

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Belmont Stakes 2011: TV Schedule, Official Purse, Race Day Info

As long as you have NBC you will at least enjoy the core elements of the Belmont Stakes. If you’re a hardcore fan, however, then Versus is the network you need access to in order to fully enjoy the upcoming race weekend of the 143rd Belmont Stakes.

The match-up that will most likely highlight Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom against Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford happens this Saturday, June 11th with a approximate post time of 6:36pm ET. Coverage runs on NBC from 5:00-7:00pm ET to cover the race as well as the previous race known as the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, which posts at 5:35pm ET.

Racing starts at New York’s Belmont Park at 11:35am ET and continues through two more races after the official Belmont Stakes. The overall purse at stake for the 12 thoroughbreds is $1 million and first place wins $600K overall. It’s a title and earnings that the owners, trainers and jockeys of horses like the aforementioned Shackleford, Animal Kingdom or other favorites like Nehro or Mucho Macho Man would love to add to their resume.

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