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The Belmont Stakes takes place every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is the final and some suggest most demanding race in the ‘Triple Crown’ after Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is a Grade 1 stakes race contested over a 1½ mile dirt track for three year olds. To earn the legendary status afforded to Triple Crown winners a horse must not only deal with what is in most cases the longest distance of their career but the grueling schedule – the Belmont takes place three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Since most high level thoroughbreds usually race every three or four weeks, the scheduling of the Triple Crown races is as big of a challenge as the competitions themselves.

First held in 1866, the Belmont is the oldest of the Triple Crown races by nearly a decade. The race is named for 19th century financier August Belmont, Sr. and was originally run at the Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. The Jerome Park track was built by a Wall Street colleague of Belmont’s, Leonard Jerome. August Belmont died in 1890 and Jerome in 1891 and following their passing the event was moved to the nearby Morris Park Race Course until the opening of Belmont Park. The race has been held annually since then with the exception of 1911 and 1912. Between 1963 and 1967 the race was held at nearby Aqueduct Racetrack due to a major renovation project at Belmont Park.

While the Kentucky Derby is known as ‘the run for the roses’, the Belmont Stakes winner traditionally receives a blanket of carnations though the moniker “the run for the carnations” hasn’t exactly become part of the American lexicon. The race’s catch phrase may not have gained traction with the American public but the Belmont does boast what many consider the greatest performance in the history of thoroughbred racing. In 1973, Secretariat clinched the Triple Crown in the Belmont with a downright dominant performance – “Big Red” set a course record of 2:24 in winning the race by an astounding 31 lengths. One of the most enduring images of Secretariat’s victory is the shot of jockey Ron Turcotte easing up his mount near the finish line as he looks back over his shoulder in amazement that the rest of the field is nearly out of sight.

The 2010 Belmont winner was Drosselmeyer, trained by Bill Mott with jockey Mike Smith aboard. Smith has had a hall of fame career, but this was his first win at the Belmont Stakes and it was the highly respected Mott’s first victory in any Triple Crown event. Drosselmeyer didn’t qualify for the Kentucky Derby – he ran third in his final prep race, the Louisiana Derby but his money winnings at that point weren’t sufficient to gain entry into the crowded field at Churchill Downs. Shut out of the Derby, Drosselmeyer entered the Dwyer Stakes on May 8 and finished in second place some six lengths behind winner Fly Down. Drosselmeyer went off at 13-1 Belmont Stakes betting odds in the Belmont and his victory paid $28.00, $11.60 and $7.70. Second place went to Fly Down at 9-2 ($6.80, $5.10) and third to one of the pre-race favorites, First Dude who closed at 7-2 and paid $4.90 to show. The pre-race favorite was the Nick Zito trained Ice Box. Interestingly, neither Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver nor Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky ran in the Belmont.

The 2011 Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 11th. For those looking to attend the race live, gates open at 8:30 AM. In addition to the highly sought after reserved seating Belmont Park admits thousands of fans via general admission on a first come, first served basis.

from:  http://www.belmontstakes.org/

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5 Horses with a Real Chance to Win

No. 1: Animal Kingdom

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Animal Kingdom and jocky John Velazquez #11 in the post parade before the start of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Kentucky Derby winner’s biggest challenge in the Triple Crown was the
short Preakness, and the distance did seem to be his undoing.

Animal Kingdom is bred to go long and didn’t show any distance limitation in
the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, suggesting he should be able to successfully get
the Belmont distance.

While Shackleford got the best of Animal Kingdom in the Preakness, I don’t
think the winner of the second jewel can even touch Animal Kingdom here.

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No. 2: Master of Hounds

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Master of Hounds trains during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It is not confirmed if the colt is going to fly back over from Europe yet,
but if he does run, watch for him to be a contender.

Many threw out the horse in the Kentucky Derby after a lot of traveling, as
well as his turf pedigree, but he finished fifth and is bred to be a router.

The biggest question he should have is if all the traveling he’s done in the
last seven months, especially since March, will catch up with him.

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No. 3: Nehro

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Nehro is lead on to the track in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Nehro finished second in the Kentucky Derby but skipped the Preakness to
enter this race fresh. There’s no question he’s bred (by AP Indy’s son,
Mineshaft) to go long, and many people are high on his chances.

He was gaining positions at the end of the Derby, and it looked like the
Derby distance wasn’t an issue. The major question will be if he can outlast
Animal Kingdom.

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No. 4: Mucho Macho Man

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20:  Exercise rider Heriberto Pulgar takes Preakness entrant Mucho Macho Man over the track at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on May 21.   (Photo by
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Mucho Macho Man had an excuse for his poor showing in the Preakness (lost a
shoe) after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby and comes back for another try
at a Classic win in the Belmont.

The 3-year-old technically won’t turn 3 until three days after the Belmont
(although officially all thoroughbreds turn 3 Jan. 1), giving him tons of room
to improve in the summer races.

While the colt is younger than his rivals, he could jump up to the test of
the Belmont and pull a surprise upset over the field as he continues to gear up
for what looks like will be an awesome summer and fall campaign.

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No. 5: Stay Thirsty

Photo: Melissa Bauer-Herzog

He is Repole’s last hope at having a Belmont runner and still hasn’t totally
matured, but Stay Thirsty could be one of the surprise victors in this race.

Stay Thirsty has endurance on his side with sire Bernardini winning multiple
times at longer distances, and his half brother Andromedas Hero (Fusaichi
Pegasus) finished second in the Belmont in 2005. While Stay Thirsty hasn’t shown
a massive amount of speed yet in his career, his sire didn’t step up to stakes
competition until the Preakness, which he won (Bernardini did not race as a
2-year-old).

This may be the do-or-die moment for Stay Thirsty when it comes to high-level
stakes, but with his bloodlines and hopefully coming maturity, it would not be a
surprise to see him in the winner’s circle at Belmont.

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The Belmont is still a week away and the field is anything
but certain. However, it is looking like we will have the top seven horses from
the Kentucky Derby all run—the first time that has ever happened.

In fact, as the Daily Racing Form reported earlier in the week, the
previous record was the top five horses, which occurred more than 60 years
ago.

That said, this is shaping up to be a very good and very accomplished field.

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 05:  The horses break out of the starting gate at the running of the 142nd Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 5, 2010 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

13. Monzon (30-1)

12. Harlan’s Hello (30-1)

11. Isn’t He Perfect (30-1)

10. Ruler On Ice (20-1)

9. Jaycito (20-1)

8. Stay Thirsty (20-1)

7. Brilliant Speed (20-1)

6. Santiva (15-1)

5. Master of Hounds (12-1)

4. Mucho Macho Man (10-1)

3. Shackleford (5-1)

2. Nehro (9-2)

1. Animal Kingdom (9-5)

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/719753-belmont-stakes-2011-5-horses-with-a-real-chance-to-win-it

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On June 19, 1867, Ruthless beat out De Courcey by a head at Jerome Park Racetrack to win the inaugural running of the Belmont Stakes.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruthless_(horse)

June 19th, 1867

6 + 19 +1+8+6+7 = 47 = the Belmont Stakes’ life lesson = what the Belmont Stakes is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

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June 19th, 1867

June 19th

6 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = the Belmont Stakes’ personal year (from June 19th, 2010 to June 18th, 2011) = Unstoppable.

28 + 5 (May) = 33 = the Belmont Stakes’ personal month (from May 19th, 2011 to June 18th, 2011) = Defending champion.

33 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 44 = the Belmont Stakes’ personal day = Commentary.  Moment by moment.

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Finish↓ Post↓ Horse name↓ Trainer↓ Jockey↓ Opening odds (to 1)↓ Final odds↓ Stakes↓
1 Master of Hounds Aidan O’Brien Garrett K. Gomez 10-1
2 Stay Thirsty Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 20-1
3 Ruler of Ice Kelly Breen Jose Valdivia, Jr. 20-1
4 Santiva Eddie Kenneally Shaun Bridgmohan 15-1
5 Brilliant Speed Thomas Albertrani Joel Rosario 15-1
6 Nehro Steve Asmussen Corey Nakatani 4-1
7 Monzon Ignacio Correas IV Jose Lezcano 30-1
8 Prime Cut Neil Howard Edgar Prado 15-1
9 Animal Kingdom H. Graham Motion John R. Velazquez 2-1
10 Mucho Macho Man Katherine Ritvo Ramon Dominguez 10-1
11 Isn’t He Perfect Doodnauth Shivmangal Rajiv Maragh 30-1
12 Shackleford Dale L. Romans Jesus Castanon 9-2

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Belmont_Stakes

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Ruler On Ice was born on April 2nd, 2008 according to http://www.horse-races.net/library/tc11/tc-ruleronice.htm

April 2nd, 2008

4 + 2 +2+0+0+8 = 16 = Ruler On Ice’s life lesson = what Ruler On Ice is here to learn = Shocks.  Surprises.  Stunning.  Amazing.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.  From out of nowhere.

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April 2nd, 2008

April 2nd

4 + 2 +2+0+1+1 = 10 = Ruler On Ice’s personal year (from April 2nd, 2011 to April 1st, 2012) = Random.  Chance.  Destiny.  Fate.

10 year + 6 (June) = 16 = Ruler On Ice’s personal month (from June 2nd, 2011 to July 1st, 2011) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Stunning.  Amazing.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.  From out of nowhere.

[Numerologically, when Ruler On Ice’s number (16 (4 + 2 +2+0+0+8 = 16)) comes up, that’s when Ruler On Ice gets to live/experience what Ruler On Ice is here to live/experience.  So this is Ruler On Ice’s month!!!]

16 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 27 = Ruler On Ice’s personal day = The starting gate.  “And they’re off…”  First [Belmont Stakes wins for Ruler On Ice].

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Animal Kingdom and jocky John Velazquez #11 in the post parade before the start of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Animal Kingdom (foaled in Kentucky on March 20, 2008) according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Kingdom_(horse)

March 20th, 2008

3 + 20 +2+0+0+8 = 33 = Animal Kingdom’s life lesson = what Animal Kingdom is here to learn = Defending champion.  Retaining the title.

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March 20th, 2008

March 20th

3 + 20 +2+0+1+1 = 27 = Animal Kingdom’s personal year (from March 20th, 2011 to March 19th, 2012) = Out of the starting gate.  “And they’re off…”

27 year + 5 (May) = 32 = Animal Kingdom’s personal month (from May 20th, 2011 to June 19th, 2011) = Winning.  Victory.  #1.  First place.

32 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 43 = Animal Kingdom’s personal day = Celebrating.  Congratulations.

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H. Graham Motion was born on May 22nd, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Graham_Motion

May 22nd, 1964

5 + 22 +1+9+6+4 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

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May 22nd, 1964

May 22nd

5 + 22 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = his personal year (from May 22nd, 2011 to May 21st, 2012) = Competitor.  Competition.  Striving to be #1.

31 year + 5 (May) = 36 = his personal month (from May 22nd, 2011 to June 21st, 2011) = Crushing [the competition].

36 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 47 = his personal day = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

When his number (47 (5 + 22 +1+9+6+4 = 47)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So Saturday June 11th, 2011 is HIS day!!!

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Shackleford (foaled February 25, 2008) according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shackleford_(horse)

February 25th, 2008

February 25th

2 + 25 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = Shackleford’s personal year (from February 25th, 2011 to February 24th, 2012) = Competitor.  Competition.  Striving to be #1.

31 year + 5 (May) = 36 = Shackleford’s personal month (from May 25th, 2011 to June 24th, 2011) = Crushing [the competition].

36 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 47 = Shackleford’s personal day = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Nehro is lead on to the track in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Nehro was also foaled on February 25th, 2008 according to http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/truenicks/2011Derby/12.pdf

February 25th, 2008

February 25th

2 + 25 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = Nehro’s personal year (from February 25th, 2011 to February 24th, 2012) = Competitor.  Competition.  Striving to be #1.

31 year + 5 (May) = 36 = Nehro’s personal month (from May 25th, 2011 to June 24th, 2011) = Crushing [the competition].

36 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 47 = Nehro’s personal day = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Master of Hounds trains during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Master of Hounds was foaled in Kentucky on March 4th, 2008 according to http://www.drf.com/news/under-radar-master-hounds

March 4th, 2008

3 + 4 +2+0+0+8 = 17 = Master of Hounds’ life lesson = what Master of Hounds is here to learn = Inspirational.

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March 4th, 2008

March 4th

3 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 11 = Master of Hounds’ personal year (from March 4th, 2011 to March 3rd, 2012) = Consequences.

11 year + 6 (June) = 17 = Master of Hounds’ personal month (from June 4th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2011) = Inspirational.

[When Master of Hounds’ number (17 (3 + 4 +2+0+0+8 = 17)) comes up, that’s when Master of Hounds gets to live/experience what Master of Hounds is here to live/experience.  So this is Master of Hounds’ month!!!]

17 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 28 = Master of Hounds’ personal day = Unstoppable.

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