2011 Belmont Stakes Field Is Well-Worth the Price of Admission

2011 Belmont Stakes Field Promises to Give Us a Show

Even if you've never been a die-hard horse racing fan, this year's class has proven that they deserve to be recognized.

It began with Animal Kingdom's come-from-behind victory at the Kentucky Derby, continued with Shackleford edging out Animal Kingdom at the Preakness Stakes and will end on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes.

Animal Kingdom was a 20-1 darkhorse when he won the Derby. Shackleford was a 12-1 darkhorse when he beat out the surging Animal Kingdom at the Preakness Stakes.

And there are still few horses who have shown glimpses of having the ability to be the darkhorse that wins it all come Saturday.

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On one hand, you have the rivalry between Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, Shackleford ending Animal Kingdom's quest for the elusive Triple Crown on May 21.

On the other hand, you have Nehro, the runner-up at the Kentucky Derby before resting for the Belmont Stakes, and Mucho Macho Man, who placed third in the Derby and sixth in the Preakness despite losing a shoe in the race.

You even have Master of Hounds, the Irish colt who finished fifth in the Derby and has vastly improved since last season.

In short, there's a lot to like about the upcoming Belmont Stakes and the field has shown it deserves the paid price of admission.

Those in the area come Saturday should head on over to Belmont Park. You may get to experience first hand what it looks like to come out victorious when you're counted out of a race.

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