2011 Belmont Stakes Cheat Sheet
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Did you watch the 2011 Kentucky Derby? If so, you’re in luck! Eight of the twelve entries in this year’s Belmont Stakes also ran in the Derby, including the top seven finishers. If that’s of no help to you, we’ve got your back! But we strongly suggest that you sign up for our Derby Prep Alert so you’re not so unprepared next year.
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2011 Belmont Stakes Replay
1. Master of Hounds (10-1) – clocked the next fastest final fraction after Animal Kingdom while running a solid fifth in the Derby and proved that he could run on dirt. He should handle the distance and could be flying late.
2. Stay Thirsty (20-1) â€“ Gotham winner’s last two efforts were awful but he’s been working well at Belmont and has the right pedigree for the distance. – PLACE (2nd)
3. Ruler on Ice (20-1) â€“ ran second to Concealed Identity who ran 10th in the Preakness. Gets blinkers for the first time, something his trainer has had success with, but his pedigree does not scream 1Â½ miles. – WINNER
4. Santiva (15-1) â€“ did not disgrace himself running sixth in the Derby and is another one with the right pedigree. If you’re willing to toss his race at Keeneland as a failed synthetic experiment, then you might be on to something.
5. Brilliant Speed (15-1) â€“ seventh in the Derby and bred to run all day. If he can live up to his name in the stretch, he could certainly have a shot. – SHOW (3rd)
6. Nehro (4-1) – skipped the Preakness after a game second place finish in the Derby. He’s got a better post position than he did in the Derby and comes in rested. He also shouldn’t have a problem with the distance.
7. Monzon (30-1) – has two lackluster races in stakes company since his win in the Count Fleet at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day.
8. Prime Cut (15-1) – allowance winner has been in the money in both stakes races. Looks like the only contender who might be near the pace with Shackleford.
9. Animal Kingdom (2-1) – won the Derby and was a game second in the Preakness. He has the pedigree to excel at the distance and has been putting in a good appearance at Belmont. He’s definitely a deserving favorite but is no lock.
10. Mucho Macho Man (10-1) – after double trouble with footwear, the big colt gets a shoe upgrade. He put in a great work at Belmont with new jockey Ramon Dominguez, one of the local leading riders.
11. Isn’t He Perfect (30-1) – his ninth place finish in the Preakness was no surprise, but he did make some moves and run steady–it just wasn’t enough. On the bright side, he does seem to have a suitable pedigree.
12. Shackleford (9-2) – gutsy Preakness winner was fourth in the Derby after setting the pace. He’s training well and is likely to have the advantage of being on the lead. He wouldn’t be the first frontrunner to “outrun his pedigree” in the Belmont by controlling the pace.
For a more in-depth look at the contenders from a pedigree perspective, check out our annual Test of Champions article. We had the exacta last year!
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