Belmont Stakes Betting – Animal Kingdom & Shackleford Top Poll

May 31, 2011 Belmont Stakes

The top two horses in the latest NTRA 3-year old poll and the likely favorites in Belmont Stakes betting if they are entered are Animal Kingdom and Shackleford.

The Kentucky Derby was won by Animal Kingdom and he is the top horse in the poll while Preakness winner Shackleford is second.  The field for Belmont betting at Sbg global will favor the two horses if they meet in a rematch on Saturday, June 11th.

NTRA Poll

  1. Animal Kingdom 177 points – (16 first place votes)
  2. Shackleford 160 points (2 first place votes)
  3. Nehro 126 points
  4. Mucho Macho Man 87 points
  5. Astrology 80 points
  6. Dialed In 70 points
  7. Plum Pretty 69 points
  8. Toby’s Corner 47 points
  9. Uncle Mo 40 points
  10.  Master of Hounds 37 points

The connections of both Animal Kingdom and Shackleford would like to bring their horses back for the Belmont Stakes but only if the horses are ready. Both came out of the Preakness well but a final determination of whether or not they will be in Belmont Stakes betting has yet to be made. Nehro, who was second in the Kentucky Derby looks to be definite for the race and he should be one of the favorites in Belmont betting and the main challenger to Animal Kingdom and Shackleford.

National Thoroughbred Poll
This poll looks at all of the horses in the country regardless of age.  Leading that poll is the four-year old filly Havre de Grace. She has won both starts this year and leads the poll with 130 points.  4-year old Game on Dude is second with 92 points. Animal Kingdom is third in that poll with 89 points.  Goldikova is fourth with 74 points.  Duke of Mischief is next with 73 points and followed by Get Stormy with 68 points, Blind Luck with 59, First Dude with 56, Shackleford with 53 and Paddy O’Prado with 52.  Dale Romans is the trainer for Shackelford and Paddy O’Prado and while he is thrilled with the Preakness win of Shackelford he received bad news when Paddy O’Prado suffered an injury in the Dixie Stakes. Paddy O’Prado won that race but had to be retired because of an injury suffered in the win.

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