Animal Kingdom Belmont Odds
(The Spread) – We continue our look at the 2011 Belmont Stakes with a preview of the favorite, Animal Kingdom.
Odds: When oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog released the opening odds for the 2011 Belmont Stakes, Animal Kingdom shared 4/1 odds with Nehro and Shackleford. But now Animal Kingdom is the clear favorite at 5/2, while Shackleford and Nehro are both listed at 5/1.
Race History: Since he debut in September of last year, Animal Kingdom has not finished lower than second in any race. He won the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes on March 26 and then followed up that performance with victory at the 2011 Kentucky Derby. He lost his bid to win a Triple Crown when Shackleford edged him out in the Preakness, but Animal Kingdom still turned in a fantastic performance.
Outlook: Some observers don’t think that Animal Kingdom can handle the mile and a half track at Belmont Park, but this horse was built to run for any distance. Heading into the Kentucky Derby, people said he didn’t have enough race experience and he wasn’t going to perform on dirt. He proved people wrong and I think he’ll do it again this Saturday. This is a fine horse – one that is deserving to be favored.
2011 Belmont Stakes Odds – Saturday, June 11, 2011 – Belmont Park
Animal Kingdom 5/2
Master of Hounds 6/1
Mucho Macho Man 8/1
Brilliant Speed 15/1
Stay Thirsty 15/1
Prime Cut 21/1
Isnt He Perfect 28/1
Ruler On Ice 28/1