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2011 Belmont Odds: Animal Kingdom Early Favorite

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is the early favorite over Preakness Stakes champion Shackleford for Saturday's 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Live odds from Doc's Sports show Animal Kingdom at 5-2 and Shackleford at 5-1.

Nehro, second-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, is currently 7-1. Mucho Macho Man, who finished third in the Derby and sixth in the Preakness, is listed at 8-1. Mucho Macho Man's trainer, Kathy Ritvo, thinks the horse is "going to run well" in the Belmont.

SB Nation's fabulous horse racing website 'And Down The Stretch They Come' wraps up much of today's Belmont news -- including which favorites worked out and how well they ran.

Belmont post time Saturday will be 6:35 p.m. ET, and the race will be broadcast on NBC.

-- 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.