Preakness Stakes

Saturday May 21, 2011: Pimlico Race Course

Flashpoint, accompanied by trainer Wesley Ward, heads to the Pimlico track for a gallop on May 20, the day before the big race.
Also out for a pre-race gallop are Preakness contenders Mr. Commons . . .
. . . Sway Away . . .
. . . and Isn't He Perfect.
Back at the stakes barn after his exercise on the track, Mucho Macho Man (who finished third in the Kentucky Derby) concentrates on a mouthful of grass, ignoring the HRTV interviewer's microphone.
Midnight Interlude walks the shedrow after his gallop and bath.
Race Day arrives, and King Congie, ridden by Robby Albarado, takes part in the post parade . . .

. . . as does Dialed In, one of five Preakness contenders who also ran in the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who trained for the Preakness at nearby Fair Hill Training Center and did not arrive at Pimlico until race-day morning, joins the post parade; John Velazquez has the mount.

Flashpoint (#4) goes straight to the lead at the start of the 136th Preakness Stakes.
Shackleford, Jesus Castanon up, is right behind the leader as the horses head for the clubhouse turn.
Dance City and Ramon Dominguez, maintaining fifth place for almost the entire race, get some kicked-up dirt in their faces.
Left and below: Shackleford crosses the finish line half a length ahead of Animal Kingdom (red and green silks) to win the Preakness Stakes. Astrology (far right, below) is third and Dialed in (#10) is fourth. Dance City finished fifth.
Mike Smith and Astrology return after their third-place finish.
Norman Asbjornson, the longest shot in the fourteen-horse field, is back at the stakes barn after his eleventh-place finish.
Concealed Identity, who is blind in one eye, grazes outside the barn after finishing tenth in the Preakness, a race his sire, Smarty Jones, won in 2004.
Shackleford cools off after his big win . . .
. . . while a fan plucks a souvenir from the victory blanket of black-eyed Susans.
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