2011 Preakness Stakes Predictions

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(The Spread) – After previewing the 2011 Preakness Stakes all week, we’ll round out our coverage with predictions for win, place and show.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.com currently list Animal Kingdom as a 2/1 favorite to win this year’s Preakness, while Dialed In is 9/2 and Mucho Macho Man is 6/1. Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby earlier this year, while Mucho Macho Man finished third and Dialed In came in a disappointing 8th.

Below are our predictions for Saturday’s race.

SHOW: Astrology 15/1

Astrology didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby so he’s a little bit of an unknown. That said, in seven career races he’s never finished off the board. He’s placed second in three-straight outings dating back to November of last year and is a bay son of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. There are certainly more attractive contenders in this year’s field, but consider this my sleeper.

PLACE: Mucho Macho Man 6/1

This horse has never not looked impressive outside of maybe his fourth place finish at the Grade 3 Holy Bull in late January. In nine career outings, he’s only finished out of the money once, which was at the previously mentioned Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. He has back-to-back third place finishes at the Louisiana Derby and the Kentucky Derby, where he finished strong down the stretch despite having to fight through traffic early. This is a good-looking horse.

WIN: Animal Kingdom 2/1

I know, I know – there’s nothing sexy about betting the favorite. But this is a weak field and at least heading into this race, Animal Kingdom is the best of the bunch. He won the Kentucky Derby despite being a 21/1 long shot and in five career outings, he’s never finished worse than second. The concern heading into the Kentucky Derby was whether or not he had enough experience and if he could run on dirt. He quelled both fears. I truly believe that this horse has what it takes to take home this year’s Triple Crown.

2011 Preakness Stakes Odds to Win – Saturday, May 21 – Pimlico Race Course

1. Astrology 15/1

2. Norman Asbjornson 30/1

3. King Congie 20/1

4. Flashpoint 20/1

5. Shackleford 12/1

6. Sway Away 15/1

7. Midnight Interlude 15/1

8. Dance City 12/1

9. Mucho Macho Man 6/1

10. Dialed In 9/2

11. Animal Kingdom 2/1

12. Isn’t He Perfect 30/1

13. Concealed Identity 30/1

14. Mr. Commons 20/1

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