If there's one thing that is perhaps ironic about horse racing, is that there's weeks of buildup and suspense, and it all comes down to a race lasting no more than three minutes.
Despite that, it remains exciting to see all the horses in action, and with the Belmont Stakes being the final leg in the Triple Crown race, the horses and trainers made sure to bring their best game.
As expected, Shackleford started off strong, and like the Preakness, Animal Kingdom struggled at the start. As the track was much sloppier, a lot of what was projected to happen was thrown off completely.
Halfway through the race, Shackleford remained in the front, and it looked like he was well on his way to yet another win. Animal Kingdom remained near the back of the pack, and as was expected from what we saw in the Preakness, his chances of winning went down to zero.
Once the horses hit the last leg, Ruler on Ice was the one taking the lead as Shackleford showed signs of slowing down. Much like the Kentucky Derby, he fell all the way to fifth and could not close out.
Ruler on Ice, however, proved all doubters wrong and was able to hold off Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed down the stretch to win the Belmont.
Ruler on Ice was a horses that looked very good heading into the Belmont, in my opinion. In fact, I had the horse as one of the top upset bids heading into this race.
All in all, this was easily the most surprising race of the three. The frontrunners fell completely off at the end and the top three were very surprising, as neither of them had particularly low odds on them. For those that like that kind of horse racing, this was a great race to watch.
Complete results are below:
1. Ruler on Ice
2. Stay Thirsty
3. Brilliant Speed
6. Animal Kingdom
7. Mucho Macho Man
10. Master of Hounds
11. Prime Cut
12. Isn't He Perfect