2011 Preakness Stakes: Second Tier of the Triple Crown

The Preakness Stakes is the second tier of the Triple Crown and once again, Animal Kingdom will have to beat all odds again to win. At this time there are only twelve horses in the field to challenge Animal Kingdom, unlike the eighteen that challenged him in the Kentucky Derby. Thanks to his win at Churchill Downs, Animal Kingdom is currently at 3 – 1 odds to win the 2011 Preakness Stakes.

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The jockey that was suppose to ride Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, Robby Albarado, had to withdraw from riding after he was kicked in the face in by his mount in a pre-race accident. He is now riding in the Preakness on King Congie against Animal Kingdom. The jockey who got to ride Animal Kingdom, John Velazquez was actually supposed to ride Uncle Mo in the Kentucky Derby who was scratched due to a stomach ailment. Now both jockeys are riding in the Preakness but on horses they were not originally scheduled to ride.

Some of the other horses that are scheduled to run in the Preakness that also ran in the Kentucky Derby are Dialed In, Mucho Macho Man, and Shackleford.

Animal Kingdom arrived in Maryland at Fair Hill Training Center on Tuesday after an eleven hour trip. This training center is a one hour drive from Pimlico, which is home to the Preakness. The owner of Animal Kingdom is planning on bringing Animal Kingdom to Pimilico on May 20th. The Preakness will be held on May 21st. and at this time Animal Kingdom is in training at the center.

More info on the 2011 Preakness Stakes:

2011 Preakness Stakes: Thursday’s News, Odds, Favorites, and Predictions
Bleacher Report, on Thu, 12 May 2011 08:56:28 -0700

The 2011 Preakness Stakes are just over a week away, and with odds fluctuating, horses being confirmed, and ideas for bets being looked into, this looks to be an exciting race. The 14 confirmed horses for the race remain the same, 

Suan Faber Named 2011 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior

Paulick Report, on Thu, 12 May 2011 08:52:48 -0700

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Disney Should Consider Buying Animal Kingdom If Horse Wins Preakness

CNBC.com, on Thu, 12 May 2011 08:52:05 -0700

(Taking the risk after the Preakness obviously leads to a bigger discount compared to buying the horse after the Triple Crown has occured.) They build a whole exhibit around just him and just like the premium exhibits in the zoos, they charge a special 

CSNbaltimore.com

CSNBaltimore.com, on Thu, 12 May 2011 07:57:52 -0700

By John Eisenberg It is a bit of a stretch to say that every top-caliber racehorse with a mane and a tail is going to challenge Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Preakness Stakes on May 21 at Pimlico. But the point is made: So many owners and 

Moving To Sunday Could Save The Preakness

Baltimore SportsReport.com, on Thu, 12 May 2011 07:41:27 -0700

By Zach Wilt, on May 12th, 2011 It’s that time of year once again to discuss how to save the Preakness Stakes. Typically in mid-May, Baltimore is a flurry about throwing out solutions to keeping the Preaknessin the Charm City.