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2011 Belmont Stakes (G1)

6/11/2011, Belmont Park
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What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1)...

With the defection of Awesome Feather from the G3 Rampart Stakes, Awesome Maria is left to face a field of over-matched fillies and mares.Read More
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  • Herman'sKennel · Chad Brown is so proud of this horse, he has such an affection for her, he only wants her to be sound, God Forbid anything ever happen to her on his watch. Did it ever occur to anyone that he truly loves this horse and does not want to take even the slightest chance with her well being? She is in the very best hands and as someone who adores this horse, I thank God for Chad Brown · 834 days ago ·
  • TampaBayDowns Fan · Story like the Apple Blossom for RA and Zenyatta. Rich purse if both were to race then, but only Z showed up to take it. · 834 days ago ·
After a couple months of indecision, Animal Kingdom makes his much anticipated return this weekend at Gulfstream.Read More
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  • tony bada bing · Animal Kingdom is a flat out bet against today · 872 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · Animal Kingdom looked good in his return. He did not face the toughest of fields, but the race was certainly a nice stepping stone. I am eager to see how it goes from here. · 871 days ago ·
Animal Kingdom and Force Freeze answered some lingering questions in their 2012 debuts at Gulfstream Park.Read More
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  • ARBY · AK under the care and planning by the Motion / Irwin combo should provide plenty of thrills for his many fans in 2012. · 871 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · I expect Force Freeze to have a good year, too. He has consistently ran well in the U.S. If you look at his racing record, his worst efforts have come overseas in Dubai. I don't expect him to go off at long odds at all this year. The secret with him is definitely out. · 871 days ago ·
Shackleford is just one many hoping to answer big questions in the 56th running of the Donn Handicap...Read More
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  • travel_vic · Gulfstream has been running early on the main just abou the while meeting. Any horses not closer than about 4 lengths at the 6 furlong call in routes, have not done well.....When it is wet that is even more a factor · 881 days ago ·
  • Mike in SB · I like Ruler on Ice, he could have a great year. · 880 days ago ·
He can beat two Triple Crown race winners and the Haskell winner in one race. He can beat the horse that went on to win the Wood Memorial. He can beat the winner of the Dwyer Stakes. Stay Thirsty is not the Rodney Dangerfield of the Pletcher barn, he is the Rodney Dangerfield of racing. Read More
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  • KyOaksRunner · I think Caleb's Posse deserves the Eclipse, but Stay Thirsty is a clear second. · 932 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · Winplacsho, I have to disagree. The Travers has more prestige and hold more value in the year end votes than either the Preakness or the Belmont. People favor it because it's Classic distance of 10f, a distance Shackleford never won at. Also, while Shackleford is a gutsy and admirable horse, he did not "take his show on the road." He has two wins this year, on in allowance company, the other in the Preakness, and he never could return to that winning form. He was well beaten in his last three races, as he was in the FOY, The Derby, and Belmont. He was at every dance, but like First Dude last year, there are two many beats to be a champion. Caleb excelled mainly at Saratoga, however his big win at Churchill demonstrates he is probably not just a Saratoga freak. Based on merits, it's Caleb's award. However, if the stigma comes out, and he should not receive the award, Stay Thirst did the most of the Classic runners. · 932 days ago ·
Ruler On Ice or Flat Out, which horse has a better chance to earn an Eclipse Award this weekend? Read More
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  • cugel the clever · If Ruler On Ice wins the Clark he will be the Eclipse 3yo champ. · 958 days ago ·
  • cugel the clever · For better or worse, there is always a bias towards those horses which can win major stakes at a route. This will eliminate Caleb's Posse. AK, if he'd campaigned the whole season, probaly would have been the 3yo champ. But there's no way he should be given the Eclipse given his short campaign and the quality of his major rivals for the award. · 958 days ago ·
The Clark Handicap is the consolation game for a few horses looking for Eclipse cred in 2011. HRN's Girl Next Door, Angie D'Amico, and Managing Editor Brian Zipse of Zipse At The Track, discuss which horse will have a better chance at a year-end award after this weekend, Ruler On Ice or Flat Out. Read More
Depending on your point of view it may have been gone far too long, or maybe not nearly long enough, but either way you slice it, Disco was back, alive, and well yesterday at Aqueduct. Like the reawakening of a slumbering giant, Mucho Macho Man, disco steed that he is, returned to the races with a s...Read More
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  • Ann Maree · I was on MMM's bandwagon nearly all year. Love the horse, love his "Lazarus" like beginning, love his trainer's brave brush with death and her "Lazarus" like return to health and her profession after her heart transplant! Not to mention his connections, two of which met and got married as a result of their purchasing $800 shares in a Dream Team partnership! Wouldn't it be great if this horse returns and has a great career, possibly arriving at the BC in 2012? Just what is there not to like about this horse?!! So glad you agree! · 972 days ago ·
  • mshutty · Great to hear Mucho Macho Man is back! He was always right there in the Triple Crown races. His early energy distribution profile should serve him very well in 2012. Long live Disco (did it ever really end?) and Mucho Macho Man! · 972 days ago ·
Wow! $8000 trifecta. Not all that difficult to hit either.
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  • MichaelPavelick · My earliest days started out with some friction here. I was the earliest believer (I think) of both Stay thirsty and Brilliant Speed. · 977 days ago ·
  • MichaelPavelick · Brillaint Speed also hit the gate and broke slow according to the chart. Great effort with a difficult start, racing wide, and maybe a premature move. · 977 days ago ·
Stay Thirsty has a window of opportunity, all he has to do is step up and show us all that he can fulfill the potential we saw in him as a Juvenile. Read More
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  • MichaelPavelick · Interesting comment about "great" Stay Thirsty looked in post parade? Curious what you took notice of? · 1075 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · Thirst has had the talent all along and had very good reasons for his subpar performances. As I said, being by Bernardini, who is by AP Indy I would expect him to get better as the year goes on and as the distances stretch. Now it is time to see what goes on in the Haskell. IMO the only horse that can win there and be of a threat to him in the Travers would be Ruler on Ice. · 1074 days ago ·
Monmouth Park gives the grade 1 Haskell Invitational the tag line, “Where champions prove their greatness”. In the past four runnings...Read More
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  • skipaway2000 · I think if Shackleford wins the Haskell, he is 3yo champ - unless a 3yo wins the BCClassic · 1080 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · It will be interesting to see who runs in and wins the Travers, especially if Shackleford or Ruler on Ice do not win the Haskell. · 1080 days ago ·
After recuperating from an illness since April at WinStar Farm, Uncle Mo returned this week to Todd Pletcher’s stables at Saratoga, where he will begin preparations for his first race since April. If all goes well and he wins his next race, then the three-year-old field will be wide open heading int...Read More
I am shocked by the recent events that have unfolded concerning Johnny V. I have always been a big fan of his; to me Johnny V was the example of everything good about the game. He is not only a great rider, but the epitome of what I think a respectable jock should be. It only made sense that he woul...Read More
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  • mattowan · It's now official that Maragh's week suspension is a complete joke and slap on the wrist. AK is out for the remainder of the year all due to the hands of Rajiv Maragh. He should have to pay for AK's operation and his training for the rest of the year since the horse won't be able to finance himself through racing. · 1106 days ago ·
  • GooberNation · i agree 100% matt! · 1101 days ago ·
Racing needs to bring its head out of the sand and into the light. The leaders of this sport need to make sure that it is not being cheapened and stand up and fight for what will improve it, rather than let others make decisions that just lead the sport deeper into oblivion.Read More
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  • cpsoren121 · Right on Laura, seems like racing was most prominent in the 70's and 80's in recent memory. Let's find that magic again!! · 1116 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · To much competition for the dollar.As far as horses this has been a great decade for some really good ones but if they keep retiring the best 3yos to stud then they have only themselves to blame. · 1116 days ago ·
Ruler On Ice, dismissed at 24-1, sat a perfect trip under a patient Jose Valdivia, Jr., taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding off another longshot, Stay Thirsty, to win Saturday’s 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.   Kentucky Derby winner An...Read More
Belmont Stakes day—June 11, 2011. Another year, another Triple Crown season has ended. Three races, three winners, one more year without a Triple Crown champion. It was a very special season for me—I’ll consider it historic— as I attended my first Kentucky Derby. And while I had planned on attending...Read More
  • cpsoren121 · Great post Melaina! The Belmont is truly a special race with a lot of history!! · 1120 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Thanks for the history, Melaina ... I was there for two of the 'historic ones,' and no, it was not Sir Barton's win. ;-) · 1120 days ago ·
Stewards in New York June 15 issued jockey Rajiv Maragh a 10-day suspension for careless riding in connection with his handling of Isn't He Perfect in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).The penalty will be reduced to a seven-day suspension if Maragh opts not to appeal the penalty to the three-member New Yor...Read More
According to data provided by The Nielsen Company, NBC Sports’ June 11 telecast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) from Belmont Park was watched by 6.8 million viewers, who saw 24-1 longshot Ruler On Ice splash through the mud to win the third jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.With no possibili...Read More
Ruler On Ice continued the three-year-old graded stakes upset trend with a surprising tally over Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed in the 2011 Belmont Stakes.The sloppy Belmont Park oval was favoring early-pressing speed throughout the day and the top two Belmont Stakes finishers made their presence ...Read More
5 horses that make me happy... Goldikova, Black Caviar, Animal Kingdom, Big Brown, Eight Belles. 5 Horses that make me sad.. Zenyatta and her fans, Rachel and her fans, Dialed In, Uncle Mo, Premier Pegasus.
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  • horsisars · Just horses that I would like to watch again, and put a smile on my face... vs horses I have seen enough of or haven't seen enough of.. Premier Pegasus being one of the have not seen. Not a follower of Eight Belles just enjoyed the gutsy second place finish.. Nothing fancy about the list lets hear yours.... 5 and 5. · 1121 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · When a beautiful creature like a horse makes you sad I pity you. · 1121 days ago ·

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