The gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at as the "Great Race Place" expects a solid local crowd to come out to watch a simulcast of the running of the 136th Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes, held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, is the second leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing. . Does he have what it takes to win again? Oddsmakers sure think so, pegging him as the heavy favorite at 2-1.
If Animal Kingdom wins Saturday, he'll become the first horse since Big Brown in 2008 to capture both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Big Brown went on to lose in the Belmont Stakes, which is the last leg of the Triple Crown. The last horse to claim the Triple Crown was Affirmed way back in 1978.
Saturday's race sports a 14 horse field with several of the contenders--most notably Midnight Interlude--having raced at Santa Anita during its past meet., ensuring a bid in the Preakness.
NBC will be handling TV coverage of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Preakness has an approximate post time of 3:19 p.m. The following post positions and odds as of late Friday night are provided courtesy of Preakness.com.PP Horse Owner Trainer Jockey
Morning Line 1 Astrology Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton Steve Asmussen Mike Smith
15-1 2 Norman Asbjornson Thomas McClay & Harry Nye Christopher Grove Julian Pimentel
30-1 3 King Congie West Point Thoroughbreds Tom Albertrani Robby Albarado
20-1 4 Flashpoint Peachtree Stables Wesley A. Ward Cornelio Velasquez
20-1 5 Shackleford Michael Lauffer - W. D. Cubbedge Dale Romans Jesus Castanon
12-1 6 Sway Away Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp, Glen Wallace Jeff Bonde Garrett Gomez
15-1 7 Midnight Interlude Arnold Zetcher Bob Baffert Martin Garcia
15-1 8 Dance City Estate of Edward P. Evans Todd Pletcher Ramon Dominguez
12-1 9 Mucho Macho Man Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Dream Team One Racing Stable Kathy Ritvo Rajiv Maragh 6-1 10 Dialed In Robert V. LaPenta Nick Zito Julien Leparoux 9-2 11 Animal Kingdom Team Valor International H. Graham Motion John Velazquez
2-1 12 Isn't He Perfect Kharag Stables Doodnauth Shivmangal Edgar Prado
30-1 13 Concealed Identity Linda Gaudet & Morris Bailey Eddie Gaudet Sheldon Russell
30-1 14 Mr. Commons St. George Farm Racing John Shirreffs Victor Espinoza
Call us sentimental, but we like Mucho Macho Man with 6-1 odds to upset Animal Kingdom and win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes. Expect Midnight Interlude to show and Dialed In to place.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrrectly stated that Smarty Jones was the last horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Patch regrets the error.