If you're doing any 2011 Belmont betting for the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, expect to hear plenty about the matchup between the first two winners, Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, and the two are in the top three horses in terms of favorites at Belmont Park. It's going to be a tight race as both horses have a chance to be the 18 th horse since Affirmed completed the Triple Crown in 1978 to win two legs.
Shackleford raced out of the gate at the Kentucky Derby, setting the pace, but he tired in the second half of the race, allowing Nehro and Mucho Macho Man to catch up to him. Meanwhile, Animal Kingdom was making a big move on the outside to pass all three to capture a surprising win in one of the most wide-open Derbies in years. The Preakness looked like more of the same as Shackleford jumped out of the gate and battled Flashpoint, who eventually tailed off. Animal Kingdom was caught back in the back and appeared to be bothered by mud hitting him in the face, but he shook it off and roared back through the field, and if the race was just a little longer Animal Kingdom would have won the race. Instead, Shackleford held him off.
The edge goes to Animal Kingdom in this race as it's a 1.5-mile race, the longest of the Triple Crown slate, and his closing kick has been, by far, the best of any horse. Shackleford is more of a sprinter and the distance may cost him, so beware of his odds in your online sports book.