Animal Kingdom

Racing at Belmont Park. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Belmont Stakes Expected To Be Run On ‘Wet-Fast’ Track

Glen Kozak, the vice president of facilities and racing surfaces for the New York Racing Association, says he’s “pretty confident we’ll be wet-fast” by the Belmont post time of 6:36 p.m., and “if we get real lucky we’ll be fast.”

06/08/2013

Ruler On Ice

Ruler On Ice Surprise Winner At Belmont Stakes

Ruler On Ice posted a huge upset in the Belmont Stakes, taking the lead from Preakness winner Shackleford in the stretch and winning the final leg of the Triple Crown.

WFAN–06/11/2011

Exercise rider Faustino Aguilar takes Shackleford for a morning training session in preparation for the 143rd running of The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Belmont Stakes May Be True ‘Test Of The Champion’

The final leg of the Triple Crown features not only the rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford on Saturday, but the top seven finishers from the Derby for the first time as well.

WFAN–06/10/2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey Ramon A. Dominguez, riding Stay Thirsty #4, races down the front stretch at the start of the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

With Uncle Mo Out, Beverage Guru Settles For Stay Thirsty At Belmont Stakes

Uncle Mo couldn’t make it, so owner Mike Repole will instead race Stay Thirsty as his horse in the 143rd Belmont Stakes. “Growing up in New York, and going to Aqueduct and Belmont 100 times before I was 17, this is what it’s about,” he said.

WFAN–06/10/2011

Animal Kingdom is held by Assistant Trainer Dave Rock during a bath after a training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Favorite For Belmont

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, with Preakness winner Shackleford the third choice.

WFAN–06/08/2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey John Velazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16, races towards the finish line to win the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011. (credit: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)

Animal Kingdom Owner: ‘I’m Not Worried About Shackleford’ In Belmont

Nothing like a little Triple Crown trash talk a few days before the Belmont. The owner of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom fired the first salvo at a news conference in Manhattan on Tuesday, dissing Preakness winner Shackleford’s chances of winning Saturday’s final leg of the Triple Crown.

WFAN–06/08/2011

Animal Kingdom jockey John Velazquez speaks to a reporter after the 136th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Baltimore. Shackleford, ridden by Jesus Castanon, won the race and Animal Kingdom took second. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Looks Sharp In Final Belmont Workout

Animal Kingdom, with jockey John Velazquez aboard, worked four furlongs in 47.76 seconds over the main dirt track at Belmont Park on Monday morning. The 3-year-old colt worked in company with another horse.

WFAN–06/06/2011

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Shackleford Jockey Beams After Preakness Victory

In the Derby, Shackleford led from the start before fading to fourth. In the Preakness, Castanon settled in behind pacesetting Flashpoint, took the lead at the back stretch and wouldn’t relinquish it.

WFAN–05/21/2011

(AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Shackleford Wins Preakness, Animal Kingdom Finishes 2nd

Shackleford battled for the lead from the start and held off a late charge from Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to win the Preakness Stakes.

WFAN–05/21/2011

John Velazquez, Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Likely To Run In Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will be heading back to his home turf to await a likely run in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

WFAN–05/08/2011

John Velazquez, Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velazquez guided the 3-year-old colt to the front at the quarter pole then poured it on to beat Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths.

WFAN–05/07/2011