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Belmont Stakes 2011: 1 Fact You Should Know About Each Horse

Melissa Bauer-HerzogCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2017

Belmont Stakes 2011: 1 Fact You Should Know About Each Horse

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    Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man and Shackleford. All are names that followers of the Triple Crown have heard many times this year, mostly in the last month. But do you know everything about these horses?

    Come with me as we look at one fact for every horse. Some you may know, some you may not, but I promise it will be an informative and entertaining ride.

Animal Kingdom

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    The G1 Kentucky Derby winner has been touted as a turf horse for the whole Triple Crown but it is no surprise he can run on dirt. Animal Kingdom's grandsire Candy Stripes has sired multiple graded stakes winners on the dirt including Invasor, dual Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Uruguay and a Triple Crown winner in Uruguay.

    So it would be better to leave the turf part off of the turf router title usually assigned with Animal Kingdom.

Brilliant Speed

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    Brilliant Speed may have finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, but he was gaining spots during most of the race. He was in 14th at the three-quarters pole and 10th at a mile.

    This looks like it will bring good things on Saturday as he has an extra quarter-mile to work with and a smaller field to get around.

Isn't He Perfect

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    Isn't He Perfect has been pretty heavily raced with 13 starts and only two wins and one third. He broke his maiden in a one-mile maiden claimer and finished ninth in the Preakness.

    He is fittingly the longest shot in the field with his Watchmaker odds at 50-1.

Master of Hounds

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    Master of Hounds has been a big traveler since November, but especially in the last few months.

    The horse shipped from Ireland to Kentucky to run in the Breeder's Cup last November before shipping back to Ireland. In late March he shipped from Ireland to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup races then shipped back to Ireland for a month before shipping in for the Derby five days before the race (the iron horse finished fifth in the race).

    He shipped back to Ireland right after the race and shipped back to New York on June 7; he'll be released from quarantine on June 9.

    Did all of that make you tired? Unless Master of Hounds is one of those super shippers, all of his shipping will catch up with him soon; hopefully it's not in the one-and-a-half-mile race on Saturday.

Monzon

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    Monzon's sire Thunder Gulch winning the 1995 Kentucky DerbyDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Monzon is by Thunder Gulch who won two legs of the Triple Crown (including the Belmont) and sired one of the best three-year-olds of the last 10 years in Point Given (who also won the Belmont).

    He also has Mr. Prospector in his third generation on both sides of his pedigree. It should be noted that direct decedents of  Mr. P have won 12 of the last 16 Belmont Stakes including six of the last eight. The last two Belmont winners fall into that category as well.

Mucho Macho Man

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    Mucho Macho Man is equipped with a new shoe, the Burns Polyflex shoe, after losing his left front in the G1 Preakness Stakes where he finished sixth (he also lost his shoe in the G2 Louisiana Derby and finished third).

Nehro

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    Nehro has major seconditis in stakes races this year, finishing second in the G1 Kentucky Derby, G1 Arkansas Derby and G2 Louisiana Derby. He went from sixth to second in the Derby but stopped gaining positions at the one-mile mark, but maybe the extra quarter-mile is just what he needs to finally get a stakes win.

Prime Cut

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    Prime Cut's damsire StravinskyJulian Herbert/Getty Images

    Prime Cut was third in the G2 Peter Pan behind two of the bigger horses not to race in the Triple Crown this year, Alternation and Adios Charlie. Since the Peter Pan was the week before the Preakness, Prime Cut should be fresher than those horses that ran in the Preakness.

Ruler on Ice

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    Ruler On Ice's sire Roman RulerMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Ruler on Ice is a half brother to Champagne D'Oro who won the G1 Acorn Stakes last year. His sire Roman Ruler won the G1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs and was third in the 10-furlong G1 Travers Stakes.

    But the biggest thing Ruler on Ice has going for him is his third generation tie to Mr. Prospector, who has big success in the Belmont as stated in an earlier slide.

Santiva

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    Santiva's dam Slide is half sister to two graded stakes winners, 1989 Champion Sprinter Safely Kept and G2 winner Partner's Hero. The bad news for Santiva: Both of those horses are sprinters.

    However, Santiva is Giant's Causeway's top-rated performer according to thoroughbredtimes.com with a 21.85.

Shackleford

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    Shackleford's front-running style may suit the Belmont better than any other race in the Triple Crown. Historically, front runners have done well in the race when there aren't super fast fractions.

    If Shackleford can slow down the pace or sit back from blazing fractions, he should do well.

Stay Thirsty

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    Stay Thirsty is a half brother to Andromeda's Hero, who finished second in the 2005 Belmont. His sire Bernardini also won at longer distances.

    Overall, Stay Thirsty has the breeding on top and bottom to do decent in the race if he can be a professional, which is something he has struggled with throughout his career.

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