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Preakness 2011: Triple Crown, Jockey Winner Predictions

Posted by on May 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM EST

preakness stakes 2011Can Animal Kingdom become one step closer to the Triple Crown by winning the Preakness 2011?

The talk of a Triple Crown winner in horse racing officially begins today as the odds for the Preakness Stakes 2011 are settling into place and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom finds itself the odds on favorite to win.

My how a few weeks can change things!  Just a few weeks ago Animal Kingdom was a longshot to win the Kentucky Derby and Dialed In was the odds on favorite. After pulling the upset Animal Kingdom is suddenly a huge favorite and dialed in finds itself with the second best odds followed very closely by Mucho Macho man.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and is a 1 3/16 mile track. The race will start at 6:19 EST. While the Preakness doesn’t have the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby, it is a huge race. If Animal Kingdom wins that means the horse will go into the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the first Triple Crown since 1978. If Dialed In wins it will put an end to the talk of a Triple Crown winner, but set up a great face-off between these two horses at the Belmont.

The Preakness Stakes odds really show that this is likely a three horse race.  While they may change a little bit leading up to race time we are unlikely to see many drastic changes in the odds. Right now Animal Kingdom is sitting pretty at 2-1. Dialed in is second at 9-2 and Mucho Macho Man rounds out the top three at 6-1 odds. The next closest horses are Dance City and  Shackleford both sitting at 12-1. After that things go downhill fast. Of the remaining horses three of them are at 15-1, three are at 20-1 and three are extreme longshots at 30-1.

I admit that I am not a huge horseracing fan, but I will be tuning in this race to see if Animal Kingdom pulls it off. I would love to see that and see the chance of another Triple Crown.

The Preakness Stakes will air on NBC. The race starts at 6:19PM EST. Coverage will start at 4:30, but check your local listings to be certain.



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