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.
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.