Its Animal Kingdom Vs. Shackleford in the Battle for the Belmont

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 mileBig Apple” oval!

Coming in with a record of 6-3-3-0 is this year’s Kentucky Derby champ and runner-up in this year’s Preakness too, with a 103 speed rating is “Animal Kingdom”!

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!

Over here, with a record of 7-3-1-0 and a 104 speed rating is the Florida Derby runner-up, 4th in the Kentucky Derby and winner of the Preakness Stakes just 2 Saturday’s ago is Shackleford!

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?

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Prime Cut Heads to Belmont After Workout | BloodHorse.com

Prime Cut Heads to Belmont After Workout | BloodHorse.com.

Prime Cut is headed to the “Big Apple” for his shot at horse racing immortality, but the #’s in the above link don’t lie!

Click the above link and see if you don’t agree?

 

Belmont Stakes: Animal Kingdom completes preparation with work

Belmont Stakes: Animal Kingdom completes preparation with work.

Yes, it looks like we’ve got us a old-fashioned showdown here on Saturday as Animal Kingdom was out this morning for his final Belmont workout before his battle with Shackleford and 10 more top-flight 3yo’s this Saturday!

It’s going to be the best Belmont Stakes in year’s with the 7 top finishers from this year’s Kentucky Derby on hand and the Preakness winner too!

So click the above link an eye-up those workout #’s!

Belmont Stakes: Nehro gets in his final drill

Belmont Stakes: Nehro gets in his final drill.

Nehro looks to be flying in under the radar here for Saturday as his connections have been very low-key with him, so far. But remember, Nehro can bring it on queue and is rightfully 9/2 in the early futures betting.

After this morning’s workout he sounds ready to us! Click on the link above and digest the #’s!