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Around The Backstretch: Drosselmeyer Wins, Animal Kingdom Gallops, and The Queen Has The Current Epsom Derby Favorite

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I didn't do a whole lot of handicapping or betting this weekend as it was more of re-charge after Derby Week. My weekend primarily consisted of yardwork on Saturday (since we actually had a day without rain) and housework on Sunday (since it poured most of the day).  Below are links to some of the stories that caught my eye as I was catching-up with the latest news from around the world of horse racing.

Preakness 2011 News

USA Animal Kingdom 7/4 favourite for Preakness - Racing Post
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is a best priced 7/4 favourite with British bookmakers to follow up in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday May 21.

Dance City Skips 5Fs at CD; 'Kingdom Gallops -
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Dance City, working in company, turned in a bullet five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs May 15. At Fair Hill in Maryland, Animal Kingdom galloped over the Tapeta surface.

Sway Away enters Preakness picture, Santiva out - Thoroughbred Times
The connections of Santiva dropped the Grade 2 winner from consideration for the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, opening the door for multiple Grade 2-placed winner Sway Away.

Preakness: King Congie goes fast enough to suit Albertrani - Daily Racing Form
King Congie, beaten only a head when third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes last month, worked five furlongs in 1:04.60 Sunday morning over a good Belmont Park main track in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Motion sets his sights on Preakness - Handicappers' Edge
Since he is based at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, 60 miles northeast of Pimlico, the heavy rain overnight did not impact Kentucky Derby (G1) winner ANIMAL KINGDOM's (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]) training schedule on Sunday.

News Around the Country

Drosselmeyer Wins in Return to Belmont Park -
Drosselmeyer, out of the money in two starts since he won last June's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), got back to the winner's circle in his May 15 return to the Elmont, N.Y., track.

Santa Anita to conduct its own autumn meet - Handicappers' Edge
Santa Anita officials announced Friday that "The Great Race Place" will host its first-ever Autumn Meet under its own auspices. Pending California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) approval, the six-week meet will begin in late September and conclude on November 6.

International race day medication summit set for June 13-14 in New York - Thoroughbred Times
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium will present the first “International Summit on Race Day Medication, Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage, and the Racehorse” on June 13-14 in New York City.

Around the Globe

The Queen will not look a gift horse in the mouth - unless Carlton House wins the Derby - Telegraph
There were some poignant moments in the world of horse racing last week – on and off the track – but whether all of them have any lasting significance remains to be seen.

Canford Cliffs Cruises in JLT Lockinge Stakes -
Canford Cliffs showed no signs of rust as he stormed past longshot Worthadd for an easy victory in the JLT Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newbury Racecourse May 14.

Golden Lilac dominates in French One Thousand Guineas - Thoroughbred Times
Golden Lilac made her three-length victory in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1) (French One Thousand Guineas) appear effortless on Sunday at Longchamp.

French 2000 Guineas: Previously unbeaten Wootten Bassett can do no better than fifth - Daily Racing Form
Wootton Bassett was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten when finishing fifth behind victorious Tin Horse in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, or French 2000 Guineas, on Sunday at Longchamp, while Golden Lilac remained undefeated with a definitive tally in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, or French 1000 Guineas.

Australian filly Black Caviar extends unbeaten streak to 13 - Daily Racing Form
Black Caviar, the Australian 4-year-old filly who, at 130, is the highest-ranked horse in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, ran her career record to 13 for 13 with a comfortable victory Saturday over top-class Hay List in the BTC Cup at Doomben.