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No Stud Fees for Ruler On Ice

Ruler On Ice is only the second gelding to win the Belmont Stakes. (AP Images)

Ruler On Ice was a surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes coming home at 24-1. Although the Belmont is famous for having longshot winners, Ruler On Ice was on no one’s radar which made for great drama. What made the win even more exceptional is the fact that Ruler On Ice is a gelding, and only the second gelding to win the Belmont.

Rough estimates are that about 25% of male thoroughbreds are geldings. Ideally there is a great deal of money to be made from stud fees from winning race horses particularly ones that have won marquee events like the Belmont Stakes. However, very few horses reach that level and as such gelding is a legitimate option for many owners.

The only other gelding to win the Belmont Stakes was Crí¨me Fraiche in 1985. Other famous geldings include Mine That Bird who won the 2009 Kentucky Derby and the legendary Kelso who won Horse of the Year honours five years running.

Animal Kingdom Injured
The training team of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom announced that the horse has a small crack in his cannon bone. Although Animal Kingdom was clipped out of the gate by Isn’t He Perfect, his support team and owners feared something else might have been at play during his failed Belmont attempt.

Scans of the leg were ordered which confirmed the cracked bone but happily it is neither life threatening nor career ending. The prognosis is that the bone should heal in a couple of weeks and that the horse will be ready to ride a few weeks after that. For the time being Animal Kingdom is grounded to ensure complete and optimal recovery.

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