Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, with Preakness winner Shackleford the third choice.
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.
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.
The rubber match is on: Preakness winner Shackleford is ready to take on Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
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.
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.
Looking for racing’s next star to emerge at Churchill Downs on Saturday? Look elsewhere, as a series of defections over the last month have turned a race typically consisting of a “who’s who” among the sport’s top 3-year-olds into a race of “who’s that?”
In more than 50 years covering sports, the longtime New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte prided himself on being a sportswriter who was not a fan. A fat, brainy kid who got beat up in grammar school, Lipsyte wanted to be a novelist.
It’s okay to care about horse racing once a year. This weekend—with the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby—is that time.