Shackleford was the upset winner of the 136th Preakness, held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was considered the favorite to win, but stayed too far back, too long. Shackleford took the lead in the beginning and held his lead throughout the race.
The second jewel in the Triple Crown was televised on NBC, with a wrap up of the event and commentary on Versus. NBC and Versus cover Preakness
Animal Kingdom, ridden by Johnny Velesquez, made a move, toward the front of the pack but did not have enough time to catch up with the frontrunner. Animal Kingdom made a good show, taking the second spot at the finish line. Animal Kingdom was followed by Astrology in third place and Dialed In in fourth place. Mucho Macho Man took sixth place.
Shackleford got a fast start held the front for most of the Kentucky Derby,as well, but was passed by Animal Kingdom as they approached the finish line. Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby in dramatic finish
The win by Shackleford means that tthere will be no Triple Crown winner this year, as Animal Kingdom was the only horse in contention for the title. The Triple Crown is the trio of elite races, The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
The Woodlawn vase, the most valuable trophy in sports, was presented by the Governor. The trophy is assessed at $4 million. The winner does not get to take possession of the actual trophy, but gets a replica trophy to take home. The original Woodlawn Vase, which dates back to 1869, stays locked up.
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