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Bragging Rights Up for Grabs at Belmont

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There is no Triple Crown glory at stake Saturday at the 143rd Belmont Stakes. As Derby winner Animal Kingdom squares off against Preakness champ Shackelford, the only thing on the line will be bragging rights and Horse of the Year implications.

For racing's faithful, and the two horses' handlers, that sems to be more than enough.

"I'm excited," said Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom's trainer. "It's fun to come this far and have the horse doing so well."

It's the first time two Classic winners have met in the Belmont since 2005. Preakness winners hold a 10-5 edge, all-time. There have been six other years when a horse other than the Derby or Preakness winners won the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes.

"I think it has year-end implications for sure," Motion said...

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