Triple Crown Horse Betting Recap – The Preakness (G1)

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Written by Joey Adams

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The second leg of the horse betting Triple Crown took place on Saturday, May 21st at Pimlico Race Course. The distance was 1 3/16, with a purse of $1,000,000 and a dirt, fast surface.

Official Results:

WIN – SHACKLEFORD – ($27.20, $10.20, $6.80)
Place – Animal Kingdom – ($4.20, $3.60)
Show – Astrology – ($8.00)

Also Ran – Dialed In, Dance City, Mucho Macho Man, King Congie, Mr. Commons, Isn’t He Perfect, Concealed Identity, Norman Asbjornson, Sway Away, Midnight Interlude, Flashpoint

Time – 22.69, 46.87, 1:12.01, 1:37.22, 1:56.47

Affirmed can rest easy for another year. SHACKLEFORD, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, turned the tables on ANIMAL KINGDOM last Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, and for the 33rd consecutive year there will be no Triple Crown horse betting winner.
ANIMAL KINGDOM came to Baltimore looking to continue his quest for thoroughbred racing immortality. DIALED IN came looking to redeem himself for an 8th-place finish as the horse betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby – while running for a $5.5 million bonus.

After one of the slowest-paced Kentucky Derby’s in horse betting online history, every handicapper and horseplayer was expecting a faster pace scenario in the Preakness, a scenario that many believed would further enhance the chances of ANIMAL KINGDOM and DIALED IN.

The early horse betting pace was indeed faster, yet when the dust settled it was SHACKLEFORD standing in the limelight – a colt that had set that slow Derby pace only to tire in deep stretch. He was able to handle the faster fractions, and the shorter distance of the Preakness was also a help.

With the speedy FLASHPOINT in the Preakness horse betting lineup, everyone knew he would be the one to catch. But how would his presence affect the speedy SHACKLEFORD? Apparently, not much.

FLASHPOINT sprinted to the horse betting lead from post four, and when the opening quarter-mile time was posted no one was surprised – :22.69! SHACKLEFORD was in hot pursuit, just a half-length back, and many began to believe that quick pace would ultimately take its toll. Then something unexpected happened down the backstretch.

After a lightning-quick opening quarter, the horse betting leading dup was able to run the second half-mile in :24.18, and then they reached the six-furlong marker in 1:12.01 – that was a :25.14 third quarter. The interior horse betting pace had slowed to a crawl, and suddenly the deep closers like ANIMAL KINGDOM and DIALED IN were in trouble.

Heading into the Preakness everyone believed that a faster pace would play into the hands of ANIMAL KINGDOM and DIALED IN, yet few horse betting handicappers correctly predicted how that faster pace would affect those runners. In the Kentucky Derby, against slow fractions, ANIMAL KINGDOM was only six lengths behind SHACKLEFORD after the horse betting opening quarter-mile – in the Preakness he was 18 ½ lengths back at the same point!

After six furlongs FLASHPOINT was done. He hit the proverbial wall and would ultimately finish dead-last. Just as he had done at Churchill Downs, SHACKLEFORD took the horse betting lead into the stretch, and the only horse within shouting range was ASTROLOGY, who had been tracking the pace throughout from the inside.

Ahead of only two horses entering the horse betting far turn, John Velazquez got busy on ANIMAL KINGDOM and he was coming with his run. He moved into third position turning for home, ran past ASTROLOGY in mid-stretch and took dead-aim on SHACKLEFORD. For a few brief moments it appeared he would catch his rival once again, but he simply ran out of ground, finishing a half-length back in second.

DIALED IN, who had trailed the horse betting field for six furlongs, just as he had done in the Kentucky Derby, also came with his late run but it was too little, too late. He finished fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind ASTROLOGY.

Despite the horse betting favorite finishing second, and no horse higher than 15/1 odds in the top five, successful horse bettors were rewarded with generous payouts – $114.80 Exacta; $1,401.80 Trifecta; $3,106.30 Superfecta (for a $1 wager); and $49,742 Super High Five.

While the horse online betting 2011 Preakness Stakes was exciting to watch, it did little to give the impression that this three-year-old crop is anything special – at this point. SHACKLEFORD’s winning time of 1:56.47 was the slowest Preakness since 1994, when TABASCO CAT posted the same final time. His Beyer Speed Figure of 104 was only slightly better than the 103 earned by ANIMAL KINGDOM in the Kentucky Derby – and that was the second-slowest horse betting Derby of the last twenty years.

It appears a nice little horse betting rivalry has been hatched, and the connections of both horses are already talking about a rematch in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.