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Belmont Stakes: Full Field Announced, Shackleford Draws Outside

The 2011 Belmont Stakes is only two days away, and both Shackleford and Animal Kingdom have their work cut out for them if they are going to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

 There are only 12 horses in the field, and Shackleford drew the 12th position on the outside rail. Animal Kingdom will be slotted in the 9th post.

Upset special Nehro finds himself in a good position, opening up at 6th. Nehro has been resting and preparing for this race since he nearly won the 2011 Kentucky Derby, skipping the Preakness in favor of the 1 1/2 mile Belmont.

 Brillian Speed and Santiva, two other Kentucky Derby horses, also find themselves in a decent position to win the Belmont Stakes, and are good value bets for those looking to strike it rich on Saturday.

1. Master Of Hounds (10-1)
2. Stay Thirsty (20-1)
3. Ruler On Ice (20-1)
4. Santiva (15-1)
5. Brilliant Speed (15-1)
6. Nehro (4-1)
7. Monzon (30-1)
8. Prime Cut (15-1)
9. Animal Kingdom (2-1)
10. Mucho Macho Man (10-1)
11. Isn't He Perfect (30-1)
12. Shackleford (9-2)

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