Dozen set to go for 143rd Belmont

The post position draw for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes concluded about 15 minutes ago.  Here is the field, complete with riders and morning line odds.

1.) Master of Hounds (Gomez) 10-1
2.) Stay Thirsty (Castellano) 20-1
3.) Ruler on Ice (Valdivia) 20-1
4.) Santiva (Bridgmohan) 15-1
5.) Brilliant Speed (Rosario) 15-1
6.) Nehro (Nakatani) 4-1
7.) Monzon (Lezcano) 30-1
8.) Prime Cut (Prado) 15-1
9.) Animal Kingdom (Velazquez) 2-1
10.) Mucho Macho Man (Dominguez) 10-1
11.) Isn’t He Perfect (Maragh) 30-1
12.) Shackleford (Castanon) 9/2

In a draw for a race at 12 furlongs there are rarely any winners and losers.  If anything, Shackleford’s outside draw will make the early intentions with him even clearer.  He will be sent to the lead and figures to try to take them as far as he can.  Animal Kingdom drew an ideal outside post as both he and his rider seem to be most comfortable outside of horses.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more thoughts, full card selections, and more Belmont preview.  Only 3 more days!

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