Ruler On Ice – 2011 Belmont Stakes

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Ruler On Ice, dismissed at 24-1, sat a perfect trip under a patient Jose Valdivia, Jr., taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding off another longshot, Stay Thirsty, to win Saturday’s 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, the 5-2 favorite, fell back to last shortly after the start when he clipped heels with Mucho Macho Man, who was bumped by Isn’t He Perfect. Under jockey John Velazquez, who lost his left stirrup and didn’t regain it until the first turn, Animal Kingdom made a gallant run to gain third on the far turn, but couldn’t sustain his bid and finished sixth in the third and final leg of racing’s Triple Crown. With Preakness winner Shackleford setting moderate fractions of 23.92, 49.08, 1:14.51, 1:39.95 and 2:05.09, Valdivia bided his time and didn’t ask Ruler On Ice for run until the field straightened for home. The gelding, running with blinkers for the first time, eagerly began picking up the pace and struck the lead approaching the eighth pole, going on to a three-quarter length victory over Stay Thirsty and completing the 1 ½ miles in 2:30.88 over the sloppy, sealed main track. The win, Ruler On Ice’s first in a stakes race, made him only the second gelding ever to win the Belmont, joining 1985 winner Creme Fraiche.


Keyon Mitchell says:

he definitely almost fell! would have been a different story!

Cammie B says:

Yeahh, I really don’t think MTB is that impressive. Good yeah but i don’t really like him.

saveus228 says:

so you don’t think MIne that Bird was impressive in the DERBY??? he won by like 6 lengths. You don’t think MTB was impressive in the Preakness? he got blocked and steadied on the turn and lost to Rachel Alexandra by a length. And at least he hit the board at Belmont.

MJKDTJ says:

Animal kingdom got tired after a tremendous move from the outside at the curve. the same with the preakness winner could not keep up the speed in the straight the belmont stakes is the very hard race to win.

dickran2142battle says:

30 years ago this was the racetrack in which Secretariat was racing on…im just so amazed

Cammie B says:

Ak at a fracture, and he one impressively in the two other triple crown races. MTB doesn’t even hold up to AK

Wookieestatus says:

its wierd because when i was there live tom wasnt calling it and the announcer actually pointed that out that he almost lost john velazquez

JonesDolph says:

Can’t believe the racecaller failed to see that Animal Kingdom got smashed into a few leaps out of the gate and nearly fell. (see this a 5 seconds into the video) Jockey came out of the saddle and lost his stirrup. Still the colt put in a brilliant effort despite suffering a cracked bone in the mishap.

siroptimistic says:

@rcschumann…Notwithstanding MTB’s superlative Derby win, even MTB’s 2nd place finish in the 2009 Preakness was more impressive than AK’s win in the Derby, since it involved a monster move along the outside lane (not along the rail) from dead last to make-up a huge amount of ground on the speedy Rachel Alexandra…a most remarkable achievement. MTB had a brilliant career as a two-and-three year-old thoroughbred racehorse, and so far much better than many racehorses, including AK.

siroptimistic says:

As I said, Animal Kingdom was unable to do what Mine That Bird did three times in the 2009 Triple Crown, which is to run from dead last and finish in the top three. Enough said.

siroptimistic says:

@rcschumann…More accurate to say that Animal Kingdom is no Mine That Bird. Secretariat’s style was to run at (or near) the front of the pack, but MTB was comfortable running from the back of the pack in last position, which is where Animal Kingdom found himself in this race. AK made a bold try to win this race from the last position, but he doesn’t have the late acceleration that MTB showed in the 2009 Derby, Preakness and Belmont.



soundmanbk11 says:

U guys stop talking animal kingdom is best horse this year but got one of the most worst jockey of all time johnny v smh that jockey is a fool always tryin come out the blue too win and dont work that way if Alan Garcia or Robby horse win triple crown wit ease but that punk jockey Johnny v can’t win that cause he work for drugsman aka todd pleacher

siroptimistic says:

Announcing is a matter of style. Tom Durkin rightly called Animal Kingdom’s surge on the final turn, yet Larry Collmus made no mention of this. Horses bumping into each other at the beginning of the race happens all the time, that is why Durkin preferred to call Shackleford’s bolt for the lead at the beginning of the race. Many things happen at once at the beginning of the race, so the announcer has to quickly decide what to focus on, which is usually the front end of the race.

siroptimistic says:

No excuses for Animal Kingdom….he had a good chance to win….coming out of the final turn he was with the lead pack of horses, but he couldn’t close on the final stretch….the other horses simply pulled away from him.

royals1219 says:

the shocker is how bad Durkin has become as an announcer. He totally whiffed at the start and never made mention of the problems for animal kingdom. And on top of that in the stretch he was only worried about Animal Kingdom and never really called the race that was going on between the top 3. What a joke he has become, thank god he didnt do the triple crown this year

LyndaP31 says:

Wow, he totally missed Animal Kingdom’s problems at the start.

WolfCreekCity says:

Well done Ruler On Ice :)

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