Rubber Match Looms in Belmont

Rubber Match Looms in Belmont

Preakness-winning trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning that he thinks there is a better than a "50-50 chance" Shackleford will run in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, a decision that could serve as a rubber match between the colt and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.


"If he trains like he did going into the Derby, I don't know why we would pass," Romans said of Shackleford. "I've always thought, just like Woody Stephens said a long time ago, that the Belmont is really a speed horse's race. A mile and a half is such a grueling race, they'll all be tired when they get to the eighth pole."

Romans, who acknowledged he had celebrated his first win in a Triple Crown race through the night and was running on about an hour of sleep when he arrived at Pimlico Race Course, said he hopes Animal Kingdom will be at the Belmont on June 11 as well because a rematch between the two would be good for horse racing.
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