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Animal Kingdom Leads Belmont Stakes Dozen

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom drew post nine and has been installed as the solid 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Derby runner-up Nehro is the second betting choice at 4-1. The Kentucky Derby was his third outing in six weeks and he is much fresher this time with five weeks between starts.

Shackleford turned the tables on the Derby hero in the Preakness and is next on the line at 9-2. The likely pacesetter drew post twelve.  

Master of Hounds, 5th on the first Saturday in May, is back from Ireland and will once again be ridden by Garrett Gomez. He will break from the rail at 10-1.

Mucho Macho Man, 3rd in the Derby and 6th in the Preakness, gets a rider switch to Ramon Dominguez and will sport new shoes for trainer Kathy Ritvo. He will leave from post ten and is 10-1 on the morning line.

 

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sometimes you have to go with your gut instincts icy. That's what kept me on the bandwagon of Shackleford in the Preakness after his Derby performance. Good thing I did. Still sticking with "Shack" in the Preakness because of his cruising speed and I think his running style will suit the Belmont turns. Kinda thinking about adding Brilliant Speed into the mix. He deserves a long look off his bloodlines and his grinding style of running. I know his dirt record is 0-3 but his Beyers have steadily improved and his KY Derby run wasn't bad considering he was running 8 wide on the far turn and only beaten less than 6 lengths.
Shackleford's not a fast horse but he does grind away.Considering he is the lone speed with 10 deep closers and AK the lone horse with tactical speed it sets up for both of them unless we get a deep closer who happens to be a closer like MMM with all his shoes intact.Against everything I know about macho uno progeny being sprinters I like this horse for this track.
Long shot race
Yeah, but there is no speed...and it's a long run to the turn. I think the question is still whether or not he has another big one in the tank.
I think Shackleford's task just got a little tougher.

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