BELMONT STAKES NICK’S PICKS CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL

Shackleford-Animal Kingdom duel in the Preakness.

I searched around the Commonwealth and beyond seeking input on the winner of today’s Belmont Stakes from a balanced field of notable experts, observers and novices alike.  Below are the picks that result in a consensus choice that the Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, will pass “The Test of Champions”.  Only two pickers were brave enough to drop Animal Kingdom out of their top three.  Animal Kingdom led the selection with 8 bids.  The most universal trifecta?  Animal Kingdom, Nehro, Shackleford and strangely enough Mucho Macho Man, Nehro, Animal Kingdom doubled up twice. 

Thanks to the 27 handicappers that responded to the “Invitation”.  Good luck and enjoy the race.  We look to do this again next week for the Colonial Turf Cup.


HANDICAPPER AFFILIATION WINNER 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE MARGIN
Mike Barone Off to the Races Shackleford Animal Kingdom Mucho Macho Man 1 length
“Derby” Bill Watson Off to the Races Mucho Macho Man Nehro Animal Kingdom 1/2 length
Simeon Hahn Nick’s Brother, Delaware Park Player Animal Kingdom Nehro Shackleford 1 length
Nick Hahn Off to the Races Brilliant Speed Animal Kingdom Nehro nose
Frank Petramalo Virginia HBPA Mucho Macho Man Nehro Master of Hounds 2 lengths
Steve Trotsky Richmond Times Dispatch Shackleford Animal Kingdom Nehro head
Mark Moses WKAV 1400 AM – Charlottesville Mucho Macho Man Nehro Animal Kingdom 2 lengths
Frank Friedman PVCC President Animal Kingdom Nehro Shackleford 2 lengths
Jerry Townsend “Talking Horses” Host – Bristol Animal Kingdom Mucho Macho Man Santiva 5 lengths
Bill Handley Handicapper Nehro Animal Kingdom Brilliant Speed 1 & 1/2 lengths
Matt Josephs WXGI AM 950 – Richmond Mucho Macho Man Nehro Animal Kingdom 4 lengths
Dennis Carter WSET 13Sports – Lynchburg Shackleford Animal Kingdom Nehro 2 lengths
Jerry Ratcliffe Daily Progress-Charlottesville Shackleford Animal Kingdom Santiva 1/2 length
Glenn Petty Virginia Thoroughbred Association Animal Kingdom Master of Hounds Nehro 2 & 1/2 lengths
Tom Dozier Herald Progress Mucho Macho Man Animal Kingdom Master of Hounds 2 & 1/2
Norm Levine Off to the Races – Saratoga Correspondent Nehro Animal Kingdom Santiva 1 length
Lane Casadonte WTVR-6 Sports Richmond Nehro Animal Kingdom Mucho Macho Man 2 lengths
John Appicello WSLS-10 Sports Roanoke Nehro Santiva Animal Kingdom 1 & 1/2 lenghts
Matthew Lincoln WWBT-12 Sports Richmond Mucho Macho Man Animal Kingdom Stay Thirsty Nose
Mike Dempsey Turf N Sport Animal Kingdom Brilliant Speed Shackleford 3 & 3/4 lengths
Maggie Wolfendale NYRA host-formerly at Colonial Downs Animal Kingdom Shackleford Master of Hounds 1 length
Ken Frieson Guitarist, NightLife Band/Handicapper Santiva Animal Kingdom Mucho Macho Man 1 length
Emily Daignault Scrappy T’s exercise rider, Fair Hill Animal Kingdom Master of Hounds Mucho Macho Man 5 lengths
Darryl Wood Colonial Downs Marketing Director Nehro Animal Kingdom Master of Hounds 1 length
Curt Autry WWBT, NBC-12, Anchor Animal Kingdom Santiva Master of Hounds 2 lengths
Henry Daamguard “Handicapping Henry” Nehro Mucho Macho Man Shackleford 1 length
tvnewsbadge James River News Blogger Master of Hounds Animal Kingdom Monzon nose