Belmont Stakes Post Positions Drawn; Animal Kingdom Gets Post #9 and 2-1 M/L Favorite Tag

June 08, 2011 | Gary Quill

Animal Kingdom drew Post Position #9 and was made the 2-1 Morning Line favorite for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes.

 

Of the three Triple Crown races, the Post Position Draw for the Belmont Stakes is performed with the least amount of fanfare, even in years where a Triple Crown winner is a possibility. Maybe it’s just the New Yorker mindset that of, “this is how we do it on a daily basis, so why make a big deal out of the process just because it’s the Belmont Stakes?!”

 

At approximately 11:15am on Wednesday the Post Positions were drawn for Saturday’s 1½ mile “Test of a Champion”, the 143rd running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The 1,000,000 purse attracted a field of 12, including the top seven finishers in the Kentucky Derby, which is a first.

 2011 Belmont Stakes

 

Post Time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 6:30pm EDT. Here’s the entire field with both Morning Line Odds and the odds I believe will be closer to the Post Time odds… 

   

PP          

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

GQ odds

M/L odds

1

Master of Hounds

Garrett Gomez

Aidan P. O’Brien

10-1

10-1

2

Stay Thirsty

Javier Castellano

Todd A. Pletcher

18-1

20-1

3

Ruler On Ice

Jose Valdivia, Jr.

Kelly Breen

32-1

20-1

4

Santiva

Shaun Bridgmohan

Eddie Kenneally

10-1

15-1

5

Brilliant Speed

Joel Rosario

Thomas Albertrani

13-1

15-1

6

Nehro

Corey Nakatani

Steven Asmussen

3-1

4-1

7

Monzon

Jose Lezcano

Ignacio Correas

38-1

30-1

8

Prime Cut

Edgar Prado

Neil Howard

22-1

15-1

9

Animal Kingdom

John Velazquez

H. Graham Motion

5-2

2-1

10

Mucho Macho Man

Ramon Dominguez

Kathy P. Ritvo

7-1

10-1

11

Isn’t He Perfect

Rajiv Maragh

D. Shivmangal

42-1

30-1

12

Shackleford

Jesus Castanon

Dale Romans

5-1

9-2

 

* – G.Q.’s Anticipated Post Time odds

 

 

Television coverage for Belmont Stakes weekend will be provided by the NBC Sports Group. Here’s the schedule…

 

Friday (on Versus) 4:00-5:00pm – Belmont Stakes Classics

Friday (on Versus) 5:00-6:00pm – Live coverage of the Gr. 3 Poker Handicap and Gr. 2 Brooklyn Handicap.

 

Saturday (on Versus) 3:00-5:00pm – Live coverage of the Gr. 1 Foxwoods Just A Game, Gr. 2 True North and Gr. 2 Woody Stephens.

Saturday (on NBC) 5:00-7:00pm – Live coverage of the Gr. 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap and 143rd running of the Gr. 1 Belmont Stakes.

Saturday (on Versus) 7:00-7:30pm – Belmont Stakes Post-race coverage

 

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