Belmont Stakes 2011 Profile: Shackleford

Preakness winner Shackleford could be worth trying to beat in Belmont Stakes 2011 based on a suspect marathon pedigree.

The Dale Romans charge did not seem to care for synthetic ground in his career debut but rebounded smartly to graduate in a conventional dirt extended sprint at Churchill Downs to end his juvenile campaign in November.

Shackleford

Shackleford gets a stamina test at Big Sandy - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Shackelford resurfaced at Gulfstream Park and promptly nabbed an entry level route to begin his three-year-old season. He flopped in the Fountain of Youth and in the Florida Derby he just failed to hold off Dialed In.

Foretry’s chestnut son was the picture of health leading up to the Kentucky Derby and he set a surprisingly slow pace before weakening in the late stages to finish a respectable 4th under the Twin Spires.

Shackleford was dismissed at almost 13-1 in the Preakness and he tracked sprinter Flashpoint through a solid half mile in :46 and change. The pace slowed down considerably from there and that was the key to success in Baltimore. With a strung out field and a controlled tempo for the second half on the race, Shackleford had enough left in the tank to hold off Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom.

There is no denying that Shackleford is rapidly improving but his numbers have climbed in three straight and his chances of uncorking another big number at twelve furlongs appear unlikely.

Shackleford gets stamina from dam sire Unbridled but he appears most effective when able to set or press solid splits. If he goes slow early like he did in the Kentucky Derby then he will bring the field back to him while losing his best weapon (speed).

 

 

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by ramondimas on July 8, 2011 at 6:10 am

    WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT SHACKLEFORD HIS JUST A GREAT HORSE..AFTER DEFEATING ANIMAL KINGDOM IN THE SECOND JEWEL OF THE TRIPLE CROWN …..HE MIGHT EVEN HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING THE BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC;)

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