143rd Belmont Stakes
Thousands of fans tried to make the best of a wet situation Saturday at Belmont Park.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom (No. 9) got off to a terrible start, never got into contention and finished sixth. Jockey John Velazquez nearly fell off when Animal Kingdom collided with Monzon just after the start. He somehow managed to get his left foot back into the stirrup, but by then it was too late. Animal Kingdom placed sixth.
It's clear to see how the poor start affected Animal Kingdom (center, in green and red), who fell more than 12 lengths behind Shackleford and did well to finish in the middle of the pack.
The much-hyped rubber match between Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford (right) and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom never developed. Shackleford finished fifth.
Ruler On Ice (center) didn't even take part in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes.
It was the first Belmont Stakes for jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. (left)
Ruler On Ice (right) returned $51.50, $26 and $13.60. Stay Thirsty, owner Mike Repole's second-best 3-year-old behind the sidelined Uncle Mo, paid $19.40 and $10.80.
Ruler On Ice, with Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, splashed home first.
He was three-quarters of a length ahead of Stay Thirsty in the 12-horse field.