Shackleford, the 4th place finisher at the Derby after leading most of the way, survived a quick duel in the opening quarter mile and then relaxed on the front-end and held off a hard charging Animal Kingdom to win the Preakness at Pimlico.
Animal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derbby winner, split horses midway on the far turn and came with a strong rally in the final quarter mile but, in the end, it was not enough to overtake the game Shackleford. Astrology finished 3rd with Dialed In rounding out the superfecta.
Shackleford is trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jesus Castanon. Congratulations to the connections.
1st: 5-Shackleford - ($27.20, $10.20, $6.80)
2nd: 11-Animal Kingdom - ($4.20, $3.60)
3rd: 1-Astrology - ($8.00)
4th: 10-Dialed In
$1 Exacta: $57.40
$1 Trifecta: $700.90
$0.10 Super: $310.63
$1 Daily Double: $32.60
$0.50 Pick 3: $29.10
$0.50 Pick 4: $135.80
$0.50 Pick 5: $730.65
The splits make it abundantly clear where Shackleford won this race; after a very quick opening quarter, the pace slowed to a crawl of 24.18 and 25.14 for the next two splits. The fourth quarter? 25.21. Fast, slow, slower.
A little fact related during the broadcast today, and updated after today's Preakness, since the Rebel on 3/19, there have been 15 graded stakes races at a mile or longer on dirt or turf for three-year-olds, and every favorite has lost.
Video replay below the jump.