2011 Preakness Stakes: Shackleford Upsets Animal Kingdom

The 136th Preakness Stakes is May 21 in Baltimore, Maryland. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom has been placed in the 11th position. We'll be here all week with news and info about the race, its contenders, and more leading up to post time.

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2011 Preakness Results: Shackleford Better Than 50-50 To Run In Belmont Stakes

The 2011 Preakness Stakes busted up our hopes of a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes as Shackleford pulled off the upset to defeat Animal Kingdom down the stretch. The victory removed a lot of the drama from the New York race in three weeks. However, while many casual fans might be prepared to move on from and ignore the race, we could have a fun little battle up there.

As previously discussed, the biggest story to create some semblance of drama is whether we'll get a rematch of the Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, and the Preakness winner, Shackleford. Immediately following the race, Shackleford's trainer made some hints but was otherwise coy about the chances his horse would make the race. Animal Kingdom's horse was even less certain of making Belmont.

In the two days since the race, it sounds like the odds for Shackleford racing in three weeks have increased to better than 50-50 that he'll run:

"I thought last night of going onto Belmont right away," said the 44-year-old Louisville native. "But I wanted to send him back to Kentucky so we'll get him with his regular team, go over him, watch him train a couple days and then make the decision. Ultimately it will be Mike's (Lauffer) call, but he'll let me have a lot of input, I'm sure. If he trains like he did going into the Derby, I don't know why we would pass. I think it's better than 50-50."

Animal Kingdom's trainer, Graham Motion, indicated he was likely going to wait a week before deciding on Belmont:

"I think we've got to give him a week," Motion said. "Barry and I would both love to do the Belmont, but we've got to give him a week to see how he bounces out of this. He's had two very tough races now and he's a lightly raced, relatively inexperienced horse. We just want to give him a chance to give us a chance to evaluate him to see how he's doing. But we would love to do it."

If both horses raced at the 2011 Belmont Stakes, it would be the first time since 2005 that a Preakness winner squared off against a Derby winner.

In case you missed it over the weekend, here are the complete race results:

  1. Shackleford
  2. Animal Kingdom
  3. Astrology
  4. Dialed In
  5. Dance City
  6. Mucho Macho Man
  7. King Congie
  8. Mr. Commons
  9. Isn't He Perfect
  10. Concealed Identity
  11. Norman Asbjornson
  12. Stay Away
  13. Midnight Interlude
  14. Flashpoint
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2011 Preakness Stakes Results: Official Finish Order Compared To Closing Odds

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is complete and Shackleford heads off into the sunset as the colt to end another run at the Triple Crown. Animal Kingdom had his chance at the end, but the Kentucky Derby winner came up just short, losing by three quarters of a length.

Here is a rundown of the official finishing order with their closing odds from shortly before post time. They’re finish is listed first, followed by their original post position in parenthesis. Shackleford was the 11th horse to win the Preakness Stakes out of the fifth post position.

1 (5). Shackleford (12-1)
2 (11). Animal Kingdom (5/2)
3 (1). Astrology (15-1)
4 (10). Dialed In (4-1)
5 (8). Dance City (11-1)
6 (9). Mucho Macho Man (9/2)
7 (3). King Congie (21-1)
8 (14). Mr. Commons (30-1)
9 (12). Isn’t He Perfect (25-1)
10 (13). Concealed Identity (24-1)
11 (2). Norman Asbjornson (40-1)
12 (6). Stay Away (12-1)
13 (7). Midnight Interlude (13-1)
14 (4). Flashpoint (16-1)

If you were going just based on odds, the weakest finisher was Mucho Macho Man, who finished in 6th but had the third lowest odds. Stay Away and Midnight Interlude both had fairly low odds compared to much of the field, and also had solid post positions, but were unable to get in the money. The biggest finisher was Shackleford in winning at 12-1 and Astrology in showing at 15-1. Shackleford’s upset was one of the bigger upsets in recent Preakness history. The most recent “big upset” was Bernardini at 8-1. Furthermore, Bernardini was the only horse since at least 1998 to win when he wasn’t the first or second favorite in the race.

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Preakness 2011 Results: Will Winner Shackleford Battle Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom At Belmont?

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is officially in the books with Shackleford taking home the victory in an upset over Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Shackleford held off Animal Kingdom down the home stretch, winning by three quarters of a length and taking home the $666,000 purse. The win removed any sense of serious drama from the upcoming Belmont Stakes and probably left a few NBC executives drowning their sorrows in a few cocktails. While plenty of people will tune in for the Belmont Stakes, the lack of a Triple Crown threat will remove many casual viewers.

As we begin to look ahead to the Belmont Stakes, updates are slowly coming out as the various Derby and Preakness horses consider whether to run in New York. The folks at Thoroughbred Times had some preliminary details from the respective trainers for Shackleford and Animal Kingdom. Shackleford's people seem a bit more intent on a run at Belmont:

Dale Romans, who trains Shackleford for breeders Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge, said after the Preakness that he would definitely consider the Belmont, including committing to the race as early as Sunday morning by shipping the Forestry colt directly to Long Island rather than his Churchill Downs base.

Animal Kingdom's trainer were not quite so ready to make any declarations:

Animal Kingdom's trainer, Graham Motion, was less bullish but still clear that it was on the radar. He also noted that the long-term plan is to keep Animal Kingdom, who has raced well on both turf and synthetic surfaces as well, on dirt.

It's worth noting that the last time the Preakness winner squared off against the Kentucky Derby winner in the Belmont Stakes was in 2005 when Afleet Alex (Preakness) beat Giacomo (Derby). Such a rematch in three weeks is the one significant storyline to draw in casual viewers.

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Preakness 2011 Results: Video Of Shackleford's Pimlico Victory Over Animal Kingdom

The 2011 Preakness Stakes are officially in the books and Shackleford pulled off the big upset as a 12-1 underdog. Shackleford held off a late charge from Kentucky Derby winner and 5/2 race favorite Animal Kingdom to claim the $666,000 race purse. Although Animal Kingdom made a last second charge to lose by three quarters of a length, there was not nearly as much as drama as might otherwise have been expected.

If you missed the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes, NBC Sports has provided video of the entire race at NBCSports.com. More importantly, they've allowed folks to embed the video (Hey MLB and NFL, you could learn a thing or two from horse racing and other sports!), so here is video of Shackleford's big win. As you can see in the video, Flashpoint held the early lead but ran out of gas during the back stretch. Shackleford took the lead during the final turn for home and held off the late charge by Animal Kingdom. There was some drama given the late charge by Animal Kingdom, but over the final five or so lengths you could sense the Kentucky Derby winner just didn't have it in him on Saturday.

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The 2011 Preakness Stakes is officially complete at the Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream as we wrap up and move on to the Belmont Stakes.

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2011 Preakness Results, Finishing Order & Payouts: Shackleford Brings Home The Bacon

In a sizable upset, Shackleford pulled off the big win in Saturday's running of the 2011 Preakness Stakes. The top four finishers were Shackleford-Animal Kingdom-Astrology-Dialed In. In this 136th running, Shackleford was the second horse since 1998 not listed as the first or second favorite to win the race. Shackleford came in as a 12-1 underdog, which means if you bet on the colt you came away with a nice chunk of change. Of course, Shackleford did ok for himself as well taking home the $666,000 purse, as well as a $555,000 bonus from Xpressbet.

The final betting payouts came in as follows:

Winner: (5) Shackleford 27.20 | 10.20 | 6.80
Second: (11) Animal Kingdom x | 4.20 | 3.60
Third: (1) Astrology x | x | 8.00

Exacta: 5-11 $114.80
Trifecta: 5-11-1 $1,401.80
Superfecta: 5-11-1-10 $6,212.60

It was an interesting race as the favorites Animal Kingdom and Dialed In both struggled out of the gate. The two favorites found themselves towards the back of the pack well into the back stretch. As the horses rounded into the last turn, both horses made their move. Animal Kingdom had to hesitate for a moment due to a wall of horses, but eventually cleared through. The problem was that the hesitation slowed him down enough that it probably cost him victory.

It will be interesting to see how many people picked these results. Arguably the toughest pick was Astrology given his position in the first post and his 15-1 odds. Getting that superfecta of Shackleford-Animal Kingdom-Astrology-Dialed In would really be quite impressive.

Here are your complete results:

  1. Shackleford
  2. Animal Kingdom
  3. Astrology
  4. Dialed In
  5. Dance City
  6. Mucho Macho Man
  7. King Congie
  8. Mr. Commons
  9. Isn't He Perfect
  10. Concealed Identity
  11. Norman Asbjornson
  12. Stay Away
  13. Midnight Interlude
  14. Flashpoint

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is officially complete at the Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream as we wrap up and move on to the Belmont Stakes.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Results: Shackleford Upsets Animal Kingdom To Win Preakness

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is complete and Shackleford pulled the solid upset with an unofficial time of 1:56.47. Shackleford was a bit jumpy getting into the gate to start the race, but once he got going there was no stopping him. The final 200 yards of the race featured an interesting battle between Shackleford and Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Animal Kingdom, but there was simply not enough race left for Animal Kingdom to get the victory.

Early on Flashpoint looked solid, taking the early lead into the back stretch of the race. However, after the far turn, Shackleford put it into gear and emerged as the leader coming down the home stretch. At the eighth pole, Animal Kingdom began to make its run towards the front of the pack and was only a length or so back of Shackleford over the final 100 yards. Unfortunately for Triple Crown enthusiasts, Animal Kingdom simply did not have enough to complete the comeback and lost by three-quarters of a length.

The final results saw Shackleford Win, Animal Kingdom Place, and Astrology Show, while Dialed In came in fourth. Shackelford came into the race at 12-1 odds. Rave favorite Animal Kingdom had closed at 5/2 and Dialed In was right behind him at 4-1. This marks only the second time in the last fifteen years that one of the top two favorites did not win the Preakness.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is officially complete at the Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream as we wrap up and move on to the Belmont Stakes.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Odds: Current Odds Have Mucho Macho Man Coming Down

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is less than two hours away with a post time scheduled for 6:18pm eastern time (3:18pm pacific). The NBC Sports pre-race show has begun and they have posted the latest odds for the race. Money will be coming in until the last minute, but we've already seen some interesting changes in the latest odds since they were adjusted for post positions.

No. 1 Astrology - 15-1
No. 2 Norman Asborjson - 35-1
No. 3 King Congie - 17-1
No. 4 Flashpoint - 20-1
No. 5 Shackleford - 11-1
No. 6 Sway Away - 14-1
No. 7 Midnight Interlude - 13-1
No. 8 Dance City - 11-1
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man - 9-2
No. 10 Dialed In - 7-2
No. 11 Animal Kingdom - 3-1
No. 12 Isn't He Perfect - 25-1
No. 13 Concealed Identity - 24-1
No. 14 Mr. Commons - 40-1

Given our post earlier today about Mucho Macho Man, it is not at all surprising to see his odds drop from 6-1 to 9-2. I have to believe a lot of money is coming in from casual fans following Macho Man Randy Savage's death yesterday. It might be illogical to bet on a horse based on that reasoning, but I don't think anybody should be surprised by it.

The most significant changes beyond Mucho Macho Man would be Mr. Commons going from a 20-1 underdog to a 40-1 longshot and Animal Kingdom dropping from 2-1 to 3-1. No horse has ever won the Preakness from the 14th post positon so it makes sense to push Mr. Commons' odds further out. As for Animal Kingdom, given his underdog status at the Kentucky Derby, oddsmakers might be a little less confident than those previous 2-1 odds would indicate.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Odds: Betting On Mucho Macho Man In Honor Of "Macho Man" Randy Savage?

As the 2011 Preakness Stakes kick off in a few hours, serious gamblers will be looking for every little edge in trying to figure out who will win the 136th running of the Preakness at Pimlico. They might look to a horse's pedigree or the historical performance of race favorites. There are numerous angles to take when considering what horse to bet on, but this year, one slightly haphazard option might have emerged yesterday.

Early yesterday, word began spreading that former WWF world champion Randy "Macho Man" Savage had passed away in a car accident. For wrestling fans everywhere it was a heart-breaking loss as he was one of the most memorable wrestlers ever.

Fittingly enough, we've got a horse in today's Preakness Stakes named Mucho Macho Man. The colt is going off at 6-to-1 and will be squeezed into the post next to the other major favorites, Animal Kingdom and Dialed In. Mucho Macho Man has finished worse than fourth once in his nine career starts, so he's certainly not a tough bet to make.

If Mucho Macho Man did pull off the victory, I'd really hope that somebody at Pimlico would play an Oooooohhhhh Yeeeeaaaaaa!!! on the loudspeaker shortly after victory. Or at the very least maybe we could get some Pomp and Circumstance:

Here's a look at morning odds a few hours before post time:

No. 1 Astrology - 15-1
No. 2 Norman Asborjson - 30-1
No. 3 King Congie - 20-1
No. 4 Flashpoint - 20-1
No. 5 Shackleford - 12-1
No. 6 Sway Away - 15-1
No. 7 Midnight Interlude - 15-1
No. 8 Dance City - 12-1
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man - 6-1
No. 10 Dialed In - 9-2
No. 11 Animal Kingdom - 2-1
No. 12 Isn't He Perfect - 30-1
No. 13 Concealed Identity - 30-1
No. 14 Mr. Commons - 20-1

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011: NBC To Provide Live Online Stream

As has become par for the course for many major sporting events, NBC will be providing an opportunity for folks to watch the 2011 Preakness Stakes online via a live online stream at nbcsports.msnbc.com. Post-time for the race is at 3:18pm pacific but their online coverage will begin at 1:30pm pacific, giving you close to two hours worth of coverage. If you are planning on watching the race on television, there will be over four hours worth of coverage on VERSUS and NBC starting at 11:30am pacific.

NBC Sports has done a solid job of bringing their events to the Internet for live streaming. Football fans have been able to watch Sunday Night Football online through the NBC Sports site and it is generally a very solid option. As online streams and other technology have improved, it has become an ideal second option if you can't watch on TV. Additionally, for football NBCSports.com has provided a variety of bells and whistles outside of what you see on television. It will be interesting to see if they provide any such bells and whistles for the 136th running of the Preakness.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011: NBC/Versus TV Schedule, Time, Announcers

It's Saturday May 21 and we've finally reached race day at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The 2011 Preakness Stakes will go down later this afternoon and we'll finally figure out whether Animal Kingdom will get a crack at Triple Crown immortality in three weeks at Belmont. As would be expected with such a big story, NBC will feature wall-to-wall coverage.

Thanks to their deal with VERSUS, NBC will be able to provide over four hours of coverage around the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes. Versus will handle the opening two hours, which will include three early races. NBC will follow up with two hours of coverage culminating in the main event. VERSUS will then follow up with a half hour of wrap-up. If you aren't sure whether you have VERSUS you can do a search by zip code.

Sat. May 21, Live from Pimlico, 2:30-4:30 p.m., VERSUS
Sat. May 21, Preakness Stakes, 4:30-6:30 p.m., NBC
Sat. May 21, Preakness Wrap-up, 6:30-7 p.m., VERSUS

NBC's coverage of the race will be co-hosted by Bob Costas, Tom Hammond, and two-time Preakness winner Gary Stevens. The on-air team will include race-caller Larry Collmus, contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier, reporter Kenny Rice and on-track reporter Donna Brothers. The entire telecast is being produced by Fred Gaudelli, whose first ever horse racing production was the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.

The Kentucky Derby drew 14.5 million viewers, which made it the fourth most watched Derby of the past 21 years. NBC executives have to be hoping and praying for an Animal Kingdom victory today. An Animal Kingdom win would mean increased ratings for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. Victory by any other horse will only hurt ratings given the loss of the casual viewers drawn in by a potential Triple Crown winner.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Contenders: The Importance Of Horse Pedigree For Animal Kingdom

As we approach Saturday's 2011 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, I thought we'd focus in on one of the more interesting aspects of horse racing. Unlike virtually any other sport, pedigree is the subject of intense focus in horse racing. We often hear about how a horse is put out to stud or some other facet of the breeding process. All of this information can often go into predictions and betting trends for most any horse race. For the three legs of the Triple Crown it's just one more important bit of information.

As we prepare for this afternoon's Preakness Stakes, the folks at And Down The Stretch They Come put together a rundown of pedigree profiles for the 14 horses running at Pimlico. Given the big win at the Kentucky Derby, Matt Gardner put together a more focused look at just Animal Kingdom:

Unlike a lot of recent Kentucky Derby winners, Animal Kingdom possesses a strong influence of stamina on the bottom half of his pedigree to go along with the speed/stamina mix on the top.

Animal Kingdom is a son of champion turf miler Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) out of an Acategnango (GER) mare (Dalicia (GER)). Leroidesanimaux won the Eclipse Award as Champion Male Turf Horse in 2005 after winning the Kilro Mile, the Fourstardave and the Woodbine Mile; he set the track record at Saratoga while winning the Fourstardave
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Animal Kingdom's sire provides him with a decent mix of speed and stamina, while his damsire is a heavy influence of stamina.  According to Bris Sire Stats, the offspring of Acatenango have an average winning distance of 10.5 furlongs, a number rarely produced by American-based stallions.  The offspring of Leroidesanimaux sport an average winning distance of 6.8 furlongs.    

Although Animal Kingdom was a 20-1 underdog in the Derby, maybe it's not so surprising he figured out a way to gallop to victory. In the link above, Matt discusses Animal Kingdom's victories, which came on a variety of surfaces and bode well for future success.

Of course, there are some other well-bred horses in the Preakness. For our purposes, the primary rival to Animal Kingdom is Dialed In, who was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. According to Matt:

The offspring of Mineshaft have an average winning distance of 7.5 furlongs, while Storm Cat's offspring win at an average distance of 7.1 furlongs.  Storm Cat's offspring tend to perform very well on off tracks, while Mineshaft produces an average amount of winners.

None of this means either horse is a sure thing to get the victory in the Preakness. Rather, it's one more valuable piece of information for folks looking to better plan their wagers tomorrow.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness 2011 Odds & Post Positions: Skipping Underdogs And Looking At Longshots

With the 2011 Preakness Stakes a mere 24 hours away, the story lines are focusing in on Animal Kingdom's run for the Triple Crown and the stacking of the favorites into post positions eight through eleven. However, as we look through the full list of starting positions and odds, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the longshots in the race. This isn't so much a matter of figuring out who might pull a monster upset, but rather to give some of these unknowns a spot in the sunlight. Horse racing generally focuses in on the favorites and some of the more intriguing underdogs. But America is all about the long shot and they deserve some love too!

Here is a rundown of the post positions and odds for each horse in Saturday's 14-horse field:

No. 1 Astrology - 15-1
No. 2 Norman Asborjson - 30-1
No. 3 King Congie - 20-1
No. 4 Flashpoint - 20-1
No. 5 Shackleford - 12-1
No. 6 Sway Away - 15-1
No. 7 Midnight Interlude - 15-1
No. 8 Dance City - 12-1
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man - 6-1
No. 10 Dialed In - 9-2
No. 11 Animal Kingdom - 2-1
No. 12 Isn't He Perfect - 30-1
No. 13 Concealed Identity - 30-1
No. 14 Mr. Commons - 20-1    

The biggest longshots at Pimlico will be the 30-1 horses, which include Isn't He Perfect, Concealed Identity and Norman Asborjson. Isn't He Perfect is making his 13th career start and seventh of 2011. According to preakness.com, the horse got his name from "the feeling the owner and trainer had upon first seeing the horse." His sire won the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup, and his dam, Reciclada, was a Grade/Group 2 winner in the U.S. and Chile.

Concealed Identity is the gelded son of former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones and was bred and raced exclusively in Maryland. A Maryland horse hasn't won the Preakness since Deputed Testamony in 1983. Concealed Identity has four wins under his belt and career earnings of $120,780.

The final 30-1 longshot is Norman Asbjornson who holds two career wins and has grossed $167,200 in career earnings. The colt is the son of 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion Real Quiet. He is named after the 75-year-old president and CEO of AAON, a leading manufacturer of premium heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment headquartered in Oklahoma. The horse's owner, Harry Nye, chose the name because he had known and worked with Asbjornson for 20 years.

While it would be shocking for one of these three to finish in the money on Saturday, they all bring intriguing tales worth learning more about in advance of the Preakness Stakes.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Odds: Looking Back At Historical Winners

We're now a day away from the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and if historical odds are any indication, Animal Kingdom could very well find its way galloping to victory. Odds were released Wednesday after post positions were drawn and Animal Kingdom sat as a 2-to-1 favorite. A quick scope around the Internet indicates the colt remains the odds on favorite.

Thanks to the volumes of information available, I thought it was worth taking a look back at some of the winners over the last 25 years and what kind of odds they had:

Year Horse Odds
2010 Lookin at Lucky 2.40
2009 Rachel Alexandra    *1.80
2008 Big Brown    *0.20
2007 Curlin 3.40
2006 Bernardini 12.90
2005 Afleet Alex    *3.30
2004 Smarty Jones    *0.70
2003 Funny Cide    *1.90
2002 War Emblem    *2.80
2001 Point Given    *2.30
2000 Red Bullet 6.20
1999 Charismatic 8.40
1998 Real Quiet 2.50
1997 Silver Charm 3.10
1996 Louis Quatorze 8.50
1995 Timer Country    *1.90
1994 Tabasco Cat 3.60
1993 Prairie Bayou    *2.20
1992 Pine Bluff    *3.50
1991 Hansel 9.10
1990 Summer Squall 2.40
1989 Sunday Silence 2.10
1988 Risen Star 6.80
1987 Alysheba    *2.00
1986 Snow Chief 2.60

In looking through that list of winner odds, the longest shot was in 2006 when Bernardini claimed victory in a race marred by the injury and eventual death of race favorite Barbaro. Heading into the Preakness, Barbaro was viewed as the strongest candidate for the Triple Crown in quite some time. Barbaro entered the race as an even money favorite to take the second leg of the Triple Crown. Unfortunately Barbaro suffered a broken leg and that opened the door for the rest of the field. Bernardini was an 8-1 underdog and was the biggest underdog to win since Deputed Testimony in 1983.

Bernardini aside, race favorites have generally fared quite well. Since at least 1998, every winner except Bernardini was either the favorite to win or one of the top two favorites. That doesn't guarantee much of anything for Animal Kingdom, but it could certainly be enough to inspire a few dollars to be wagered on the colt. I wouldn't be surprised though, if more money came in on Dialed In, sitting with the second lowest odds at 9-2.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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2011 Preakness Stakes: Do The Odds Finally Favor A Triple Crown Winner?

Following Wednesday's post position drawbetting odds were released for the 2011 Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom remains a 2-1 favorite to win at Pimlico. The horse-racing world has not had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed pulled it off in 1978. Naturally, a victory at the Kentucky Derby gets folks talking about whether that horse has a chance to pull off the rare Triple Crown feat.

As it currently stands at Bodog, Animal Kingdom is sitting at +550 to complete the Triple Crown and -900 to not take the final two legs. A triple crown would certainly bring some level of exposure for non-horse racing fans and win some folks a lot of money. However, interest would be generated simply by Animal Kingdom winning the Preakness. A win at Pimlico would move the hype machine into overdrive.

Only 11 horses over the last 33 years have entered Belmont with a chance to win it all. Generally Derby winners over the last 25 years have had some level of success at the Preakness. Nine have won the race while nine others have placed or shown in the race. Of course, for the purposes of the Triple Crown, close doesn't count. It's win or go home time. Given that four of the heavy favorites are stacked right next to each other could make for some exciting racing. Expert picks are coming in for the race and it's a mixed bag of those heavy favorites at this point. All eyes should be intently focused on what should be an exciting race this weekend.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Odds: Post Positions Leave Animal Kingdom As Favorite

The post positions were issued for the 2011 Preakness Stakes on Wednesday afternoon and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was slotted into the 11th slot. Now that the post positions have been released, new odds are also issued to reflect how the draw affects the favorites and underdogs. Although Animal Kingdom did not get the optimal draw, his spot did not remove him as the favorite. He currently sits at 2-1. Here is a rundown of the entire 14-horse field based on their current post position:

No. 1 Astrology - 15-1
No. 2 Norman Asborjson - 30-1
No. 3 King Congie - 20-1
No. 4 Flashpoint - 20-1
No. 5 Shackleford - 12-1
No. 6 Sway Away - 15-1
No. 7 Midnight Interlude - 15-1
No. 8 Dance City - 12-1
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man - 6-1
No. 10 Dialed In - 9-2
No. 11 Animal Kingdom - 2-1
No. 12 Isn't He Perfect - 30-1
No. 13 Concealed Identity - 30-1
No. 14 Mr. Commons - 20-1

Those odds are based on Maryland oddsmaker Frank Carulli's assessment of the field. That link includes some commentary on the various horses, and based on what they have to say, an interesting underdog might be 20-1 Flashpoint. It would certainly be fitting for another 20-1 underdog to pull off the upset following Animal Kingdom's own upset at Churchill Downs. Given Animal Kingdom's upset victory, it will be interesting to see whether or not he's suddenly a little too over-valued at 2-1.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes History, Past Results: Winners By Post Position

Post positions were announced earlier today for the 2011 Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was slotted into the eleventh position. Over the 138 year history of the Preakness Stakes (or at least as long as we’ve got recorded post positions), it appears as though only two winners have come from the 11th position.

While I don’t think there is much in the way of a statistical basis for analysis, it’s still interesting to consider the post position of Preakness winners. Over the history of the race, the most winners have come from the sixth post position (15 winners). The second most race winners have come from positions four and six. As would be expected, the outside slots have the fewest winners overall. No winners have come from the 14th slot, and a combined 11 of 105 winners (based on available post position data) have come from slots nine through thirteen.

Here is a look at Preakness winners since 1990 and their post position:

2010 – Lookin at Lucky – 7
2009 – Rachel Alexandra – 13
2008 – Big Brown – 6
2007 – Curlin – 4
2006 – Bernardini – 8
2005 – Afleet Alex – 12
2004 – Smarty Jones – 7
2003 – Funny Cide – 9
2002 – War Emblem – 8
2001 – Point Given – 11
2000 – Red Bullet – 4
1999 – Charismatic – 6
1998 – Real Quiet – 10
1997 – Silver Charm – 7
1996 – Louis Quatorze – 6
1995 – Timber Country – 7
1994 – Tabasco Cat – 1
1993 – Prairie Bayou – 3
1992 – Pine Bluff – 4
1991 – Hansel – 4
1990 – Summer Squall – 7

Here is a quick rundown of the post positions for the 14-horse race. If you’re looking to bet on a horse for this weekend based on past trends, Sway Away, Flashpoint and Midnight Interlude would seem to be the three best bets.

No. 1 Astrology
No. 2 Norman Asborjson
No. 3 King Congie
No. 4 Flashpoint
No. 5 Shackleford
No. 6 Sway Away
No. 7 Midnight Interlude
No. 8 Dance City
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man
No. 10 Dialed In
No. 11 Animal Kingdom
No. 12 Isn’t He Perfect
No. 13 Concealed Identity
No. 14 Mr. Commons

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Preakness Stakes 2011 Post Positions: Favorite Animal Kingdom Draws No. 11

The second leg of the fabled Triple Crown goes off this Saturday May 21 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Tthe 2011 Preakness field has been set and post positions have officially been decided. Two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom has drawn the No. 11 post, which places is close to the outside of the 14-horse draw.

Here are the post positions for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

No. 1 Astrology
No. 2 Norman Asborjson
No. 3 King Congie
No. 4 Flashpoint
No. 5 Shackleford
No. 6 Sway Away
No. 7 Midnight Interlude
No. 8 Dance City
No. 9 Mucho Macho Man
No. 10 Dialed In
No. 11 Animal Kingdom
No. 12 Isn't He Perfect
No. 13 Concealed Identity
No. 14 Mr. Commons

Animal Kingdom surprised some folks in taking victory against a fairly loaded Kentucky Derby Field. Animal Kingdom was a 21-1 underdog in the race and some considered the colt to be Graham Motion's second-best Derby option behind Toby Corner (scratched because of injury).

Much of the Derby field will be on hand at Pimlico, hoping to derail the early Triple Crown hopes of Animal Kingdom. Third place finisher Mucho Macho Man is in position nine and Dialed In, another favorite, is sitting in the ninth position. This bunches up the top three race favorites, which could make for a wild run at Pimlico.

Post time for the Preakness Stakes is 3:05 p.m. PDT on Saturday, May 21. Over the next few days, we'll have plenty more on race odds, what to know about the course and some race history. More on the race, including odds, previews and news updates, can be found here.

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