On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 the starting positions and the opening lines for the 142nd Belmont Stakes were announced. The Belmont Stakes (New York), which is the third leg of the Triple Crown, will have a 12-horse field led by Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom, who will leave from gate nine, was made the early two-to-one favorite by the oddsmaker while Preakness winner Shackleford (9-2 odds) will start from the far outside in the 12th hole. 8 of the 12 horses entered in the one-and-half mile field either raced in the Derby or the Preakness (or both). Post time for the $1 million dollar race ($600,000 goes to the winner) is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on NBC.
The article will list the post positions, names, odds, owner, breeder, trainer, jockey, sire and dam for each horse entered.
PP 1: Master of the Hounds Opening Odds: 10-1 Owner: Mrs. John Magnier Breeder: Silk and Scarlet Syndicate Trainer: Aidan P. O’Brien Jockey: Garrett Gomez Sire: Kingmambo Dam: Silk and Scarlet
PP 2: Stay Thirst Opening Odds: 20-1 Owner: Repole Stable Breeder: John D. Gunther and John Darren Gunther Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Javier Castellano Sire: Bernardini Dam: Marozio
PP 3: Ruler on Ice Opening odds: 20-1 Owner: Georgeand Lori Hall Breeder: Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm Trainer: Kelly J. Breen Jockey: Jose Valdivia Jr. Sire: Roman Ruler Dam: Champagne Glow
PP 4: Santiva Opening Odds: 15-1 Owner: Tom Walters Breeder: Paget Bloodstock Trainer: Eddie Kenneally Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan Sire: Giant’s Causeway Dam: Slide
PP 5: Brilliant Speed Opening odds: 15-1 Owner: Live Oak Plantation Breeder: Live Oak Stud Trainer: Thomas Albertroni Jockey: Joel Rosario Sire: Dynaformer Dam: Speed Succeeds
PP 6: Nehro Opening odds: 4-1 Owner: Zayat Stables LLC Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Farm Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen Jockey: Corey Nakatani Sire: Minesaft Dam: The Adminstrator
PP 7: Monzon Opening odds: 30-1 Owner: Sagamore Farm Breeder: Sagamore Farm, LLC Trainer: I. Correas IV Jockey: Jose Lezcano Sire: Thunder Gulch Dam: Shadow of Mine
PP 8: Prime Cut Opening odds: 15-1 Owner: Donald A. Adam Breeder: Stuart McPhee Trainer: Neil J. Howard Jockey: Edgar Prado Sire: Bernstein Dam: Life Happened
PP 9: Animal Kingdom Opening odds: 2-1 Owner: Team Valor Breeder: Denali Stud Trainer: H. Graham Motion Jockey: John Velazquez Sire: Leiroidesanimaux Dam: Dalicia
PP 10: Mucho Macho Man Opening odds: 10-1 Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Breeder: John D. Rio and Carole A. Rio Trainer: Katherine Ritvo Jockey: Ramon Dominguez Sire: Macho Uno Dam: Ponche de Leona
PP 11: Isn’t He Perfect Opening odds: 30-1 Owner: Kharag Stables Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp. Trainer: Doodnauth Shivmangal Jockey: Rajiv Maragh Sire: Pleasantly Perfect Dam: Reciclada
PP 12: Shackleford Opening odds: 9-2Owner: Michael Lauffer and W. D. Cubbedge Breeder: Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge Trainer: Dale Romans Jockey: Jose Castanon Sire: Forestry Dam: Oatsee