No, it’s not Ali-Frasier III nor is it even the third of a literary trilogy, but it is the Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom meeting the Preakness winner Shackleford for the third time in as many outings in this 3rd leg of the 2011 Triple Crown trail on Saturday!
Yes it’s the “Battle for the Belmont” with a GI title, $1 million in cold hard cash and quite probably the 2011 Eclipse Award for best 3yo male in the land all up for grabs here in this 143rd “Run for the Carnations“!
So was that enough to peak your interest yet?
No, then let’s do a “tale of the tape” here with these two thoroughbred-heavyweights who have come here to slug it out over this 1 1/2 mile “Big Apple” oval!
This pace-stalker has done it over all 3 surface-types and has finished 1st or 2nd in all of his career efforts! Yes, this boy can really bring it when it counts!
This one’s an early fighter who likes to slug it out on the lead. He held the lead in both the Florida and Kentucky Derby’s before succumbing to fighter-fatigue in the final jump each time.
Two weekends ago however, he overcame the fatigue-factor an held off the hard-charging Kentucky Derby champ to score a decisive victory down at Pimlico!
So look for him to be on the early lead of this truly marathon-event on Saturday!
So what we have is the classic battle of a lead horse vs. a stalking horse in the true test of Champions, the 1 1/2 mile distance, in what will probably be the 3yo showdown of the year!
So the “Battle for the Belmont” is “center-stage” of the thoroughbred racing world this Saturday with a great rematch of these 2 great 3yo champions!
Bet you can’t wait for Saturday now, can you?