05/18/2011 6:00PM

Preakness Stakes 2011 Field


Contenders for the 2011 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, to be run at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore on Saturday, May 21. Odds by DRF national handicapper Mike Watchmaker and Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli. Click a horse's name to view his profile.

2011 Preakness Stakes
Post Horse / Sire ML Odds Watchmaker Odds Best Beyer Owner, Trainer, and Jockey Kentucky Derby Finish (Beyer)
1 Astrology
by A.P. Indy
 15-1 15-1 93 Stonesteet St. & G. Bolton
S. Asmussen/M. Smith
  Jay Privman: Was sensibly kept out of the Derby; have nagging feeling he might be best around one turn.
Mike Watchmaker: Jay might be right about the distance. I question whether he is simply good enough here.
2 Norman Asbjornson
by Real Quiet
 30-1 30-1 87 T. McClay & H. Nye
C. Grove/J. Pimentel
  JP: Based on his performance in the Wood, it looks like he's a cut below the division's elite.
MW: Was fourth in Wood after rallying from last into a slow pace; has a shot for a tiny share.
3 King Congie
by Badge of Silver
 20-1 20-1 93 West Point Thoroughbreds
T. Albertrani/R. Albarado
  JP: The two horses who finished in front of him in the Blue Grass did not perform well in Derby.
MW: As likely to drift out badly in the stretch as not; he's not good enough to overcome that.
4 Flashpoint
by Pomeroy
 20-1 15-1 102s Peachtree Stable
W. Ward/C. Velasquez
  JP: Best chance for him is to let it roll early, which should contribute to some lively fractions.
MW: I think he will roll early and control pace, and there's a shot he might hang around until late.
5 Shackleford
by Forestry
 12-1 10-1 97 M. Lauffer & W. Cubbedge
D. Romans/J. Castanon
4th (97)
  JP: Front-runner had every possible advantage in the Derby, but he couldn't hold off the top three.
MW: Got off with easy lead in Derby and couldn't win; pace doesn't figure to be as soft this time.
6 Sway Away
by Afleet Alex
 15-1 15-1 101s Batman Stable, et al
J. Bonde/G. Gomez
  JP: Sire was a remarkable winner of this race, but think this guy's best as a late-running sprinter.
MW: Moved at the right time in the Ark. Derby and didn't stay that day, but he's bred to route.
7 Midnight Interlude
by War Chant
 15-1 15-1 97 Arnold Zetcher
B. Baffert/M. Garcia
16th (77)
  JP: Been asked to do a lot since Jan. debut; being rank early in Derby shows he must mature.
MW: Concerns about the weakness of the SA Derby he won proved legitimate after his Derby try.
8 Dance City
by City Zip
 12-1 12-1 95 Estate of Edward P. Evans
T. Plecher/R. Dominguez
  JP: Of the new shooters, I think he's the most dangerous; turned in a gallant effort in Ark. Derby.
MW: Held on much better than the other pace horses at OP, but not sure he wants to go this far.
9 Mucho Macho Man
by Macho Uno
 6-1 6-1 99 Reeves T'bred Racing, et al
K. Ritvo/R. Maragh
2nd (92)
  JP: Considering the Derby pace, surprised he was behind the likes of Nehro early. Always fires.
MW: Was going better than Nehro late in Derby; would be a surprise if he wasn't around at finish.
10 Dialed In
by Mineshaft
 9-2 5-1 97 Robert LaPenta
N. Zito/J. Leparoux
8th (92)
  JP: Had no chance in the Derby the way the race unfolded; think he'll get more pace this time.
MW: Was up against it pace-wise; prospects look brighter at Pim, but wonder how good he is.
11 Animal Kingdom
by Leroidesanimaux
 2-1 2-1 103 Team Valor International
H. G. Motion/J. Velazquez
1st (103)
  JP: Was convincing winner of Derby, and with just five starts, he still should have some upside.
MW: Was tons the best in the Derby; projected faster pace here should enhance his late kick.
12 Isn't He Perfect
by Pleasantly Perfect
 30-1 50-1 84 Kharag Stables
D. Shivmangal/E. Prado
  JP: Looks overmatched; much better candidate to finish closer to last than to first versus these.
MW: Has 12 career starts, and not one of them even remotely suggests he belongs in this race.
13 Concealed Identity
by Smarty Jones
 30-1 20-1 86 L. Gaudet & M. Bailey
E. Gaudet/S. Russell
  JP: Has home-court advantage being 2 for 2 at Pimlico, but he's facing the big boys now.
MW: If home-court advantage means he gets a head start, then he might be in business here.
14 Mr. Commons
by Artie Schiller
 20-1 20-1 93 St. George Farm Racing
J. Shirreffs/V. Espinoza
  JP: Trainer has proven time and again he is one of the best at pointing horses for big races.
MW: Thing is, the SA Derby he finished third in proved to be one of the weaker Triple Crown preps.