Ruler On Ice scored the biggest upset in the 2011 Triple Crown Series, holding on for a 24-1 score in the143rd Belmont Stakes before a crowd in excess of 55,000 on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby at odd of 20-1, clipped heels and stumbled badly near the start of the race, causing jockey John Velazquez to temporarily lose control of his irons. Animal Kingdom went on to finish sixth and never truly threatened in the race, Shackleford, winner of the Preakness Stakes as a 12-1 longshot, set the pace in today’s race, but grew weary in the long Belmont strech to finish fifth and off the board.
Ruler On Ice paid a whopping $51.50 and was ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr. He completed the 1 1/2 miles on a track rated sloppy in 2:30.88.
Ruler On Ice is a gelding by the sire Roman Ruler and is owned by George and Lori Hall, who use Kelly Breen as their private stable trainer.
Ruler On Ice was one of 22 horses entered in the Kentucky Derby, but he was at the bottom of the graded stakes earnings list and was excluded from the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. Instead of running in the Derby, he made a start in the Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Couse, where he finished second. He made his start in the Belmont today off a five-week layoff.
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