Upset at the Belmont Stakes, Shackleford Fades Down Stretch

Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby and Shackleford won the Preakness. Both were horses that were strong contenders for the Kentucky Derby and quite possibly being the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. But unfortunately it did not happen. Now fans were anxious to see just which horse would come out on top winning two of the important races that comprised the Triple Crown. It was to have been the first Kentucky Derby versus Preakness winners in six years.
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As the Triple Crown races come to a close, there was an upset at the Belmont Stakes when a 24-1 long horse won the race. That horse was Ruler on Ice. This is the third year in a row that a different horse has one each of the Triple Crown races.

At the beginning of the race right out of the starting gate Animal Kingdom was bumped by another horse and his jockey was almost unseated and the horse almost went down. As a result of this mishap, Animal Kingdom finished the race in sixth place.

Shackleford led from the start of the race but the race was longer than he was use to running and he tired in the last stretch of the race heading for home finishing fifth. The track was wet and mucky and neither Shackleford nor Animal Kingdom was horses that were use to running on a wet track, unlike the winner, Ruler on Ice.

More details on the Belmont Stakes results and winner Ruler on Ice:

Belmont Stakes card produces 9 percent gain in handle for NYRA
Daily Racing Form, on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:44:41 -0700

By Matt Hegarty ELMONT, NY – Total all-sources wagering on the 13-race card at Belmont Park on Saturday was $81245326, a 9 percent increase over the all-sources figure for the Belmont Stakes day card last year, according to the New York Racing 

 

Longshot Ices Belmont Stakes
phillyBurbs.com, on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:41:05 -0700

2011 Belmont Stakes winner, Ruler on Ice with Jose Valdivia Jr. in the irons holds off Stay Thirsty by 3/4 of a length at the wire. Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:16 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Sun Jun 12, 2011. It appears it wasn’t an issue for, 

 

Ruler On Ice Wins Belmont Stakes
ESPN, on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:37:13 -0700

How did you do in the Belmont Stakes? My horse, the longshot in the 12-horse field, was named Isn’t He Perfect. He was not. In fact, he is crossing the finish line just about — now. But another longshot, Ruler On Ice, won the race, demonstrating how 

 

Mucho Macho Man Places 7th at Belmont Stakes
Patch.com, on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:35:44 -0700

By Chris R. Vaccaro | Email the author | 10:00am Ruler On Ice owner George Hall with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. ELMONT, NY – There wasn’t much said about Mucho Macho Man’s performance in the 143 rd running of the Belmont Stakes

 

2011 Belmont Stakes Winner: Everything You Need to Know About Ruler on Ice
Bleacher Report, on Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:34:55 -0700

On the five races prior to the Belmont Stakes, Ruler On Ice had been a consistent horse. He had scored two wins, two second-places and one third-place. That third place came in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby two races prior to the Belmont,