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Ruler on Ice Wins the 2011 Belmont Stakes

Ruler on Ice wins the 2011 Belmont Stakes in a thrilling finish! (AP Images)

It was one of the most anticipated Belmont Stakes in years and it didn’t disappoint! The running was frenetic from the get go but in the end longshot Ruler on Ice crossed the wire first winning in a valiant battle down the stretch.

In second place was Stay Thirsty who ran probably the race of his career. In third place was Brilliant Speed who showed that he did indeed have the talent that many thought he did running a gutsy race in the mud.

Animal Kingdom was the heavy favorite but was clipped and stumbled shortly out of the gate and finished sixth.

The focus now shifts to the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August. The Travers Stakes is the oldest major thoroughbred race in the United States and goes a long way to deciding the Horse of the Year. In addition to the Travers Stakes race there are also two other Grade 1 races with the King’s Bishop and The Ballerina Stakes  preceding the main event with a combined purse of $750,000.

The following is the official race result for all horses.

1.   Ruler on Ice
2.    Stay Thirsty
3.     Brilliant Speed
4.     Nehro
5.     Shackleford
6.    Animal Kingdom
7.    Mucho Macho Man
8.   Santiva
9.   Monzon
10.  Master of Hounds
11.  Prime Cut
12.  Isn't He Perfect

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