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PREAKNESS 2011: News Round-Up

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A look at some of the stories leading up to Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico:

Nehro makes Preakness case in Monday workout - Thoroughbred Times
Nehro, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), breezed four furlongs in :50.80 on Monday at Churchill Downs as his connections continue to mull his status for the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Preakness: Nehro declared out by Zayat - Daily Racing Form
Nehro, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, will not run in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, owner Ahmed Zayat said early Tuesday morning. "It\'s a very hard decision, but I want to err on the side of caution," Zayat said. "He couldn''t look any better. His work on Monday was absolutely awesome. I\'m just concerned about him having four hard races in eight weeks, even if, outwardly, he doesn\'t appear to be showing it.

Mucho Macho Man Drills 4F in :49 1/5 - BloodHorse.com
The third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby prepares for the Preakness over a sloppy Belmont Park training track in New York.

Preakness: Animal Kingdom given strong gallop over Tapeta surface - Daily Racing Form
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was sent through a very strong 1 3/4-mile gallop over the seven-furlong Tapeta surface at the Fair Hill training center Tuesday morning. Animal Kingdom is not expected to have a formal workout before the Preakness. He will most likely ship to Pimlico on Friday.

Who can beat Animal Kingdom in Preakness? Kentucky Derby veterans have edge - Daily Racing Form
Dialed In, Nehro among the top contenders to derail Animal Kingdom\'s bid for the Triple Crown in the Preakness on Saturday.

Ruler on Ice likely out; Concealed Identity now expected in Preakness - Handicappers' Edge
George and Lori Hall's RULER ON ICE (Roman Ruler) isn't likely to run in Saturday's Preakness (G1), trainer Kelly Breen said Monday morning.

Animal Kingdom gallops; Shirreffs thrilled with Mr. Commons - Handicappers' Edge
Trainer Graham Motion sent Kentucky Derby (G1) winner ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]) out for a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the dirt track at Fair Hill Training Center Monday morning.

With Animal Kingdom thriving at Fair Hill, Motion plans to ship race day - Thoroughbred Times
With Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Animal Kingdom and his connections feeling comfortable at their home base, trainer H. Graham Motion does not anticipate shipping to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (G1) until race day.

Dance City Skips 5Fs at CD; 'Kingdom Gallops - BloodHorse.com
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.

Preakness week a time to rethink Maryland racing schedule - Andrew Beyer, Daily Racing Form
Many of Maryland’s political leaders, from Gov. Martin O’Malley to members of the state legislature, will be in attendance at Pimlico on Saturday, and they undoubtedly will be taking credit for actions that "saved" the Preakness Stakes and Thoroughbred racing in the state.