Ruler On Ice Wins 143rd Belmont Stakes

Ruler On Ice, a 24-1 longshot, emerged the victor in the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday afternoon, finishing three-quarter lengths ahead of Stay Thirsty in 2:30:88.

"Ruler wasn't slowing down," winning jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. said. "It was a great feeling the last sixteenth of a mile." (via ESPN)

Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, respectively, finished sixth and fifth respectively in the Belmont Stakes. Saturday's race was the first time that two winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown squared off in the Belmont Stakes since 2005.

Animal Kingdom nearly lost his jockey, John Velazquez,  near the beginning of the race after being hit by Mucho Macho Man. 

This is the third year in a row that a different horse has won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. The last horse to win all three races was Affirmed, who did so 32 years ago.

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