The track condition at Belmont Park, where the Belmont Stakes will be run today at 6:35 p.m., is officially rated at good, but the track is wet and will likely remain so with heavy clouds over the New York metropolitan area.
The forecast for Nassau County calls for a 30% chance of rain, and soggy conditions predominate.
Animal Kingdom has not run on a wet or muddy track. The two horses who have fared well on a wet track are Monzon and Ruler on Ice, both extreme longshots. David Grening of the Daily Racing Form asserts that Shackleford's breeding suggests a potential for being a mudder.
Current odds online show that Animal Kingdom is still the favorite at 8-5, with Nehro closing in at 7-2 and Shackleford stands at 9/2. Master of Hounds is next at 6-1and Mucho Macho Man is at 7-1.