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Rough start hurts favorite's chances

Updated: June 11, 2011, 9:29 PM ET
By David Grening | Daily Racing Form

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Five weeks after enjoying a dream trip to win the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom experienced a nightmarish start in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, leading to a sixth-place finish in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Coming out of the starting gate, Animal Kingdom, the 5-2 favorite, got bumped by Mucho Macho Man, the horse to his immediate outside. A few strides later, Animal Kingdom appeared to clip heels with Monzon, nearly propelling jockey John Velazquez out of the saddle ...

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