Ruler on Ice wins 2011 Belmont Stakes
Ruler on Ice was a 24-1 shot, so some bettors somewhere are very happy indeed. Ice was followed by Stay Thirsty (16-1) in second, Brilliant Speed (10-1) in third and Nehro (9-2) in fourth place. Animal Kingdom had a disastrous start out of the gates, almost losing his jockey on the wet track, but he came roaring back and looked like he might challenge the leaders, but it was too little, too late for the Derby winner. Animal Kingdom finished 6th.
Meanwhile, Preakness winner Shackleford (6-1) finished 5th and Belmont favorite Master of Hounds (5-1) finished a disappointing 10th place. It marked the first time since 1996 that the Preakness winner was not the Belmont favorite.