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Belmont Stakes Odds - Animal Kingdom Retains Respect

Belmont Stakes odds will still have Animal Kingdom as one of the favorites as despite his loss in the Preakness he will still be a popular betting choice.

Belmont Stakes odds will garner plenty of attention on Animal Kingdom as he was the Kentucky Derby winner and nearly won the Preakness to become a highly respected Belmont Stakes betting option.

The mile and one half Belmont Stakes will take place from Belmont Park near New York City on Saturday, June 12 and Sports Gambling will have you covered for your Belmont online stakes wagering needs so be sure to have your account open and ready for action as this race will wrap up the Triple Crown racing season.

Animal Kingdom may not be have a shot at Triple Crown immortality but he will still be a major Belmont Stakes handicapping factor with a phenomenal resume that is one of the best and most impressive in the field.

Animal Kingdom caught everyone’s attention by running down Shackleford in the final stretch of the Kentucky Derby to steal the blanket of roses on May 7.  Animal Kingdom then finished second to Shackleford two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes on May 21 as their rivalry has intensified and should make for an outstanding Belmont Stakes wagering matchup.

Animal Kingdom built up a record of success before the Kentucky Derby and that is what makes him such an appealing horse with everyone that will handicap the Belmont Stakes betting odds.

Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom was the winner of the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes with Alan Garcia getting the mount. What is an interesting twist with Animal Kingdom is that Garcia was injured for the Derby and replaced by hall of fame jockey John Velazquez, who rode Animal Kingdom to victory in the Derby and as the place horse in the Preakness.

Animal Kingdom had two other prior jockeys before Garcia got the mount in the Spiral Stakes.

Another interesting note about Animal Kingdom is that he was bred to run on turf rather than dirt but has obviously made the transition without a problem to become the most respected horse of the spring.

Animal Kingdom may have the edge over Shackleford on June 11as a big factor to consider with the Belmont Stakes odds is the extra length of the mile and a half race.