Jose Valdivia, Jr. rides Ruler On Ice #9 to victory during the running of the 143rd Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Belmont Stakes 2011: Ruler On Ice Wins His Only Triple Crown Appearance

Animal Kingdom, Shackleford both finish out of the money

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2011 Belmont Stakes: 24-1 Long Shot Ruler On Ice The Winner

Ruler On Ice, a 24-1 long shot who did not run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes, stunned the field to win the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont.

Preakness winner Shackleford set the pace, as expected, with Ruler On Ice sitting just behind. Ruler On Ice ran down a fading Shackleford heading into the backstretch and held off an inside charge from Stay Thirsty and a run from Brilliant Speed for the victory with Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard.

Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Preakness, seemed to stumble coming out of the starting gate and was never a factor in the outcome, finishing sixth. Shackleford faded to fifth after leading most of the race.

Below are the full results from the 2011 Belmont Stakes.

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

Here the payouts:

No. 3 Ruler on Ice 51.50 26.00 13.60
No. 2 Stay Thirsty 19.40 10.80
No. 5 Brilliant Speed 7.90

$1 Exacta $464.00
$2 Daily Double $994.00
.10 cent Super $3702.00
$1 Trifecta 3-2-5 $4134.00

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Belmont Stakes Post Positions: Animal Kingdom Gets No. 9, Shackleford Gets No. 12

The post positions for Saturday’s 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes were drawn Wednesday morning, with Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford drawing the extreme outside 12th position and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom got the ninth post position.

Shackleford trainer Dale Motion said “we expect to be on the lead.” The Belmont, the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, is a 11/2-mile race, the longest of the Triple Crown events.

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)

— You can see more Belmont Stakes coverage in the SB Nation Belmont StoryStream. Not really a horse racing person, but wouldn’t mind plunking down a couple of bucks on New York’s biggest horse race? Check out SB Nation’s Beginner’s Guide To Following Horse Racing.

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Belmont Stakes 2011 Post Positions: Draw To Be Held Wednesday Morning

Post positions for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes will be held Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The draw will be televised live on MSG Network, and streamed live from Belmontstakes.com. The Belmont, the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park in Elmont. Post time is 6:35 p.m. (NBC).

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford headline the field. Early odds show Animal Kingdom as a 5-2 favorite, with Shackleford at 9-2. Other horses considered contenders are Nehor (7-2), Master of Hounds (8-1) and Mucho Macho Man (8-1).

Other probable starters are Brilliant Speed, Isn't He Perfect, Monzon, Prime Cut, Ruler On Ice, Santiva and Stay Thirsty. Harlan's Hello is listed as possible.

-- You can see more Belmont Stakes coverage in the SB Nation Belmont StoryStream. Not really a horse racing person, but wouldn't mind plunking down a couple of bucks on New York's biggest horse race? Check out SB Nation's Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing.

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