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The post positions for the 136th Preakness
Barry Irwin of Team Valor (far right) at the post position draw.
Post positions were drawn for the 136th Preakness on Wednesday afternoon in the International Pavilion in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. A full field of 14 was drawn this year using the traditional double-blind system, with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who drew post 11, set as the morning line favorite at 2-1. Kentucky Derby eighth place finisher and beaten favorite Dialed In is second choice at 9-2 from post 8 and Derby third place finisher Mucho Macho Man third choice at 6-1 from post 10.
Susan Faber, the second Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior, was on hand to insert the horses' names onto the draw board. Faber was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 9, 2010, coincidentally the same day as her mother, who had battled breast cancer earlier and was a 10-year survivor when the cancer returned. Faber's inspiring story of her struggle with this deadly disease at the same time her beloved mother was battling it as well represents the courageous and gracious character that defines her. Her tireless efforts to combat breast cancer, raise funds to find a cure and educate the community on everything from prevention to awareness make her a distinguished and respected spokesperson.
Kathy Ritvo, trainer of Mucho Macho Man, gets interviewed after the post position draw.
Graham Motion, trainer of Animal Kingdom said, "It's great. I couldn't be happier (with post 11), really. I just would rather be on the outside than stuck down on the inside." Team Valor president Barry Irwin added, "It looks like it's going to be a real good pace. Our horse won with a moderate pace (in the Kentucky Derby), and if there's any kind of pace in the Preakness, he should be hard to handle."
Nick Zito, trainer of Dialed In, said, "The post (8) was good. The biggest thing for him is to get position and be in the clear so he can make his run. There should be an honest pace in there this time, so we'll be fine with that. I still think Dialed In is the best 3-year-old in the country."
Mucho Macho Man arrived on Wednesday afternoon before the draw. Trainer Kathy Ritvo was happy with how he handled the van ride from Belmont Park, and said of the Pimlico stakes barn, "It's beautiful. How can you get better than this? The stalls are huge and there's grass on the other side."
Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available.
Triple Crown quick links:
|1||Astrology||Steve Asmussen||3.42||Mike Smith||15-1|
|2||Norman Asbjornson||Chris Grove||4.60||Julian Pimentel||30-1|
|3||King Congie||Tom Albertrani||2.00||Robby Albarado||20-1|
|4||Flashpoint||Wesley Ward||4.33||Cornelio Velasquez||20-1|
|5||Shackleford||Dale Romans||3.62||Jesus Castanon||12-1|
|6||Sway Away||Jeff Bonde||2.50||Garrett Gomez||15-1|
|7||Midnight Interlude||Bob Baffert||2.47||Martin Garcia||15-1|
|8||Dance City||Todd Pletcher||4.43||Ramon Dominguez||12-1|
|9||Mucho Macho Man||Katherine Ritvo||2.43||Rajiv Maragh||6-1|
|10||Dialed In||Nick Zito||3.62||Julien Leparoux||9-2|
|11||Animal Kingdom||Graham Motion||1.67||John Velazquez||2-1|
|12||Isn't He Perfect||Doodnauth Shivmanga||2.06||Edgar Prado||30-1|
|13||Concealed Identity||Eddie Gaudet||2.59||Sheldon Russell||30-1|
|14||Mr. Commons||John Shirreffs||1.44||Victor Espinoza||20-1|
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