A crowd of 107,398 was on hand at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1), a 1 3/16 mile trip for 3-year-olds and the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was sent off as the 2-1 choice in the full field of 14 over Kentucky Derby 8th place finisher Dialed In at 5-2 and Derby 3rd place finisher Mucho Macho Man at 5-1.
Cornelio Velasquez sent 16-1 Flashpoint to the lead first time past the stands, and he set fractions of 22.69, 46.87, and 1:12.01 while being pressed by 13-1 Shackleford to his outside. At the top of the lane, Flashpoint tired badly and faded to finish last, allowing Shackleford to inherit the lead through a mile in 1:37.22. 15-1 Astrology mounded a challenge in mid-stretch to get within a length of Shackleford but he could not sustain his rally inside the 1/16 pole. Favorite Animal Kingdom, well back in the early stages, put in a strong rally late but Shackleford dug in late to hold him off by 1/2 a length for the hard-fought win in a time of 1:56.47 over the fast track. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Astrology third.
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