06/08/2011 11:30AM

Belmont Stakes 2011 Field


by Leroidesanimaux

Field for the 2011 Belmont Stakes to be run at Belmont Park in New York on Saturday, June 11. Odds by DRF national handicapper Mike Watchmaker and Eric Donovan of the New York Racing Association. Click on a horse's name to view his contender profile.

2011 Belmont Stakes
Post Horse / Sire ML Odds Watchmaker Odds Best Beyer Owner, Trainer, and Jockey Kentucky Derby Finish (Beyer) Preakness Finish (Beyer)
1 Master of Hounds
by Kingmambo
10-1 8-1 95 Mrs. John Magnier
A. O'Brien/G. Gomez
5th (95)  
  Jay Privman: Very dangerous. Turned in a deceptively good effort in the Derby, and heads into this fresh.
Mike Watchmaker: He is dangerous, but after two more trans-Atlantic trips since the Derby, how fresh is he?
2 Stay Thirsty
by Bernardini
20-1 20-1 89 Repole Stable
T. Pletcher/J. Castellano
12th (86)  
  JP: With exception of the Gotham, 3 of last 4 races well below what it would take to win here.
MW: Ran on a dead rail in the Derby. Still hard to love, but maybe for a tiny piece at a price.
3 Ruler On Ice
by Roman Ruler
 20-1 20-1 86 George & Lori Hall
K. Breen/J. Valdivia Jr.
  JP: Horse who beat him in Tesio came back in Preakness and finished 10th in 14 horse field.
MW: Has shown consistency, but against much weaker company than he faces in this event.
4 Santiva
by Giant's Causeway
15-1 12-1 95 Tom Walters
E. Kenneally/S. Bridgmohan
6th (95)  
  JP: He, Master of Hounds, and Brilliant Speed all were just noses apart in the Kentucky Derby.
MW: He ran just about as well as Master of Hounds at CD, yet will be a bigger price; can upset.
5 Brilliant Speed
by Dynaformer
15-1 15-1 95 Live Oak Plantation
T. Albertrani/J. Rosario
7th (95)  
  JP: Certainly bred to handle the distance; question is whether he's better on turf and synthetic.
MW: I thought the horses he was on the wire with - Master of Hounds, Santiva - ran better races.
6 Nehro
by Mineshaft
4-1 7-2 99 Zayat Stables
S. Asmussen/C. Nakatani
2nd (99)  
  JP: Needed to be closer to the pace than usual in the Derby, yet still ran on well to be second.
MW: Why did he need to be closer? Animal Kingdom won Derby from six or so spots behind him.
7 Monzon
by Thunder Gulch
30-1 30-1 90 Sagamore Farm
I. Correas/J. Lezcano
  JP: Sire won this race, but he appears to be a significant cut below the best of this division.
MW: Needed his last, and beat a couple of nice colts three back; not the worst longshot here.
8 Prime Cut
by Bernstein
15-1 20-1 91 Donald Adam
N. Howard/E. Prado
  JP: Decent effort in the Peter Pan, a race that in recent years has had a big impact in Belmont.
MW: Yet the first two finishers who finished well ahead of him in Peter Pan aren't here. No thanks.
9 Animal Kingdom
by Leroidesanimaux
2-1 5-2 103 Team Valor International
H. G. Motion/J. Velazquez
1st (103) 2nd (103)
  JP: Seems to have thrived through the Triple Crown; two good races so far, sharp work on Monday.
MW: Consistent, and should love the distance; likely favorite will have a major say in the outcome.
10 Mucho Macho Man
by Macho Uno
10-1 8-1 99 Reeves T'bred Racing, et al
K. Ritvo/R. Dominguez
3rd (99) 6th (92)
  JP: Got a sneaky feeling he might be going the wrong way after an aggressive campaign to date.
MW: I have the same feeling, and I also think the distance is beyond his scope; looking elsewhere.
11 Isn't He Perfect
by Pleasantly Perfect
30-1 50-1 87 Kharag Stables
D. Shivmangal/R. Maragh
  9th (87)
  JP: Between the Wood, Jerome, and Preakness, he's been thrown to the wolves a lot lately.
MW: What was it about the drubbing he took at Pim that would have him come back for more?
12 Shackleford
by Forestry
9-2 9-2 104 M. Lauffer & W. Cubbedge
D. Romans/J. Castanon
4th (97) 1st (104)
  JP: Will be the controlling speed in this race; game win despite fast early half in the Preakness.
MW: Shaking loose, controlling the pace is a huge advantage, but it didn't work for him in Derby.