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Belmont Stakes 2011: Post Positions Announced For Animal Kingdom, Shackleford

It's hard to believe that the horse racing season is already nearing the third of three major legs for the Triple Crown, but the Belmont Stakes is just around the corner and we have all of the information here that you'll need as the weekend nears. Thus far, Animal Kingdom and Shackleford have surprised bettors and racing experts with their winning finishes at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness specifically, so the spotlight will undoubtedly be upon them as the race moves forward.

The first round of odds were recently announced as were the official post positions for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes. Full post listing below, but notables include Animal Kingdom at No. 9 and Shackleford on the outside at No. 12.

Post Position, Name, Jockey, Odds:

1. Master of Hounds, Garrett Gomez, 10-1
2. Stay Thirsty, Javier Castellano, 20-1
3. Ruler On Ice, Jose Valdivia Jr., 20-1
4. Santiva, Shaun Bridgmohan, 15-1
5. Brilliant Speed, Joel Rosario, 15-1
6. Nehro, Corey Nakatani, 4-1
7. Monzon, Jose Lezcano, 30-1
8. Prime Cut, Edgar Prado, 15-1
9. Animal Kingdom, John Velazquez, 2-1
10. Mucho Macho Man, Ramon Dominguez, 10-1
11. Isn't He Perfect, Rajiv Maragh, 30-1
12. Shackleford, Jesus Castanon, 9-2