06/03/2011 3:04PM

Belmont Stakes video preview and early odds


Daily Racing Form national handicapper Mike Watchmaker analyzes the potential pace scenario for next Saturday's Belmont Stakes and discusses how it could affect Preakness winner Shackleford, who likes to be on or near the lead.

Watchmaker's Belmont Stakes future odds
Animal Kingdom 2-1
Nehro 7-2
Shackleford 9-2
Master of Hounds 8-1
Mucho Macho Man 8-1
Santiva 12-1
Brilliant Speed 15-1
Ruler On Ice 20-1
Stay Thirsty 20-1
Monzon 30-1
Isn't He Perfect 50-1

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In Saturday’s Delaware Handicap, Blind Luck (left) edged out Havre de Grace by a nose in the sixth chapter of their intertwined racing careers. But, how do their rivalries stack up to some of the great ones in racing history? In the six races in which they both competed, the two horses have finished next to each other each time. Blind Luck has won three times, while Havre de Grace has twice. The other race, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Blind Luck and Havre de Grace finished second and third respectively. Only once has more than a length separated the two horses. Check out the rest of DRF’s Racing Rivalry gallery and judge for yourself – see where this modern rivalry ranks among some of the great in the sport’s history.