Belmont Stakes 2011: Latest News, Favorites and Horses to Watch at Belmont

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Belmont Stakes 2011: Latest News, Favorites and Horses to Watch at Belmont
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The Belmont Stakes 2011 is slated to roar out of the gates June 11 in New York, and there's already a good amount of buzz being generated about the favorites and who to bet on.

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was looking for a Triple Crown run headed into the Preakness, but his run came up half a length short as the surprising Shackleford won the race.

Thus, Animal Kingdom and Shackleford are generally being seen as the top two choices to win the Belmont Stakes, with Nehro and Mucho Macho Man other likely candidates.

The way Animal Kingdom has charged late in races this season has impressed many, but not being able to close fast enough in the Preakness had some doubting the horse's chances at the Belmont Stakes.

Nehro and Mucho Macho Man have been talked about a lot this season, but they have yet to make a huge impact in the world of horse racing.

Will they finally live up to the hype or show us they are one step behind the leaders of the pack?

For this and a whole lot more on the upcoming Belmont Stakes, follow along.

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