The unpredictable nature of the Belmont Stakes makes it, perhaps, the most intriguing of all the Triple Crown races. This year's field features plenty of potential long shot picks that could, once again, turn expectations upside down. One such horse is chestnut gelding Ruler On Ice, who did not participate in either the Derby or Preakness. The Roman Ruler sired animal is presently listed at 20 to 1 Sports Betting Odds to win the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Because Ruler On Ice did not take part in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes, the gelding has avoided the media glare in the lead up to tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. That, however, does not mean that the animal is not ready to compete in the demanding race.
Despite not recording a win since breaking his maiden last October, Ruler On Ice has proven to be a capable racer, finishing in the money in each of his three 2011 races. Ruler took second in a February Allowance race, third at the Grade 3 Sunland Derby (March), and second at the Federico Tesio Stakes last month.
The gelding, which is trained by Kelly Breen, will take a big step up in competition this weekend as the Belmont represents its first Grade 1 campaign; however, Ruler's distance pedigree may help even things out a bit.
Ruler On Ice's sire, Roman Ruler, won races at 1 1/16 miles and 1 1/8 miles while also taking third in a 1 1/4 mile race. The gelding's grand sire, Fusaichi Peagsus, performed even better, taking first in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and second in the 2000 Preakness Stakes.
Ruler's consistency, coupled with the solid bloodlines, could make the gelding a smart play at 20 to 1 odds.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. will have Ruler On Ice's mount tomorrow. The Peruvian rider has been aboard the gelding in all three of its 2011 starts.
Animal Kingdom 2/1
Master of Hounds 10/1
Mucho Macho Man 10/1
Brilliant Speed 15/1
Prime Cut 15/1
Ruler On Ice 20/1
Stay Thirsty 20/1
Isn't He Perfect 30/1