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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.