Countdown to the Crown
Updated: June 10, 2011, 1:16 PM ETBy Jeremy Plonk | Special to ESPN.com
Editor's note: Countdown to the Crown returns for a sixth season online as one of the most comprehensive handicapper's analyses of the 3-year-old scene. Posted each Friday from Jan. 7 through the Belmont Stakes, Countdown keeps you apprised of the rising stars of the 3-year-old class from the maiden ranks through the Grade 1 stakes. You can access daily updates and interactive features at the all-new www.Countdowntothecrown.com as well. No time to mess around this week as we hit the final stop of the 2011 Triple Crown. I don't even have time to ponder why they call it a rubber match, only time to try and solve who just might win it. Let's get rolling.
This week's fearless forecastWe'll begin our look at each contender and his relative chances after a quick look at how I see the Belmont Stakes pace shaping up. Speed
MUCHO MACHO MAN
RULER ON ICE
ISN'T HE PERFECT Closer
MASTER OF HOUNDS