May 19, 2011 by staff
Preakness Picks, There is more to like about Animal Kingdom of opportunities in the Preakness on Saturday was not a lot of other Kentucky Derby winners of tender for the second stage of the Triple Crown. He was a decisive winner of an unusually free of traffic management and free from Derby, which has much room for improvement with only five career starts, only one of them on a dirt road, and has not missed an oat and a race that featured no unit or protracted struggle could have taken something from him.
He will be in all my posts, but so will the horse alone I think he had a legitimate excuse in defeat behind him at Churchill Downs: marking, which ran as the eighth-seeded but had no chance at all after falling to last place behind one of the slowest steps in the history of Derby. I’ll get to register a mild upset as the option line 2.9 seconds in the morning.
If the timer is to be believed, Shackleford led the Derby field with an opening six stages in 1:13.40, the slowest split as in the Derby since 1947, when the track was officially slow winning time was 2 Jet Pilot: 06 4 / 5 – nearly five full seconds of Animal Kingdom in 2:02.04. In sharp is 19 and the last after the slow fraction, 18 1 / 2 body of the leader. A mile later, had spent 11 of his 18 rivals to win 7 1 / 2 bodies, running a sizzling final half-mile in less than 47 seconds. The only one final fastest half-mile Derby is the Secretariat of 46 3 / 5 in 1973.
Of course, Dialed In has much to prove before he really even supposed to be mentioned in the same category as the Secretariat, but anyone who can shade 47 seconds of his or her last four stages Derby is a truly talented racehorse. It also seems likely that the Preakness pace will be faster and more controversial than in Louisville two weeks ago, with two horses joining the new velocity fields: the flashpoint sprinter Shackleford probably challenge for the leadership, and Dance City, who pursued the hot pace factor in the Arkansas Derby, will not be far behind them.
One of the few things I do not like a strong victory in Baltimore is that enjoyed by its owner and trainer with an ill-conceived and 5.5 million bonus for completing an historic sweep less than three runs in the Holy Bull, Florida Derby and the Preakness despite his off the board finish Derby.
Nobody bargains connections receive money for playing with the rules of this bonus system in a game where owning racehorses is a difficult and often loses. It is, however, an absurdly large reward for a minor achievement, and has the unseemly fact that the Kentucky Derby winner will run for just 600,000 and Saturday, while the eighth-placed Derby is running, and for 6, 1 million. Payday move in marking the 10 th place on the money list every time the horses that have made at least a start in North America, just behind Zenyatta.
Those wishing to cast a wider net than the two favorites in the Preakness have several attractive candidates in the entire field of 14. Sway away, 15-1 on the morning line, was eager to walk in the Arkansas Derby, was excluded from the Kentucky Derby field of insufficient income, and now goes to Garrett Gomez. Mucho Macho Man will have to improve out of his strong third place finish Derby, and may: He is a big colt and a colt the end that seems to be about to take a step forward. Midnight Interlude looks better than his line of 15 to 1 in the morning if you draw a line through the Kentucky Derby, where he ran so bad I throw it away may be the best way to proceed.
If you want to be really creative, you could make a kind of case to the king Congi at 20-1. He has not competed in soil starts since his first race two races in which he clearly did not suit him, and has been a much-improved horse since he is already on the turf and synthetic track. If you think the added distance in place of the different surfaces resulted in the delivery, at least I could be tired from the afternoon to catch a smaller prize. He also has a little karma in his favor in the form of jockey Robbie Albarado, who had been thrown out of Animal Kingdom the day before the Derby.
So call it made, Animal Kingdom, Sway Away, and King Congi – the Derby favorite, the winner of the Derby, and a couple of new shooters a great price.
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