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Animal Kingdom favorite for Belmont

Updated: June 8, 2011, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, with Preakness winner Shackleford the third choice.

A field of 12 3-year-olds was entered Wednesday, and in a slight surprise, oddsmaker Eric Donovan went with Derby runner-up Nehro as the second choice at 4-1. Shackleford is 9-2 on the morning line for the first rubber match between Derby and Preakness winners since 2005.

Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, will leave from the ...

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