Highlights from Friday's Preakness Stakes 2011 chat with DRF handicappers Dan Illman, Mike Beer and Marcus Hersh. Their top 3 picks for the Preakness are in bold below:\r\nDan Illman Like Midnight Interlude to improve a bit. Can't throw him out. Don't think Flashpoint will stay the trip.\r\nMike Beer I don't care who rides MidniteInterlude, don't like him this time\r\nMike Beer i'd be shocked if Flashpoint was around at the end\r\nMike Beer Shackleford had a perfect front-runner trip in the derby &amp; couldn't get there - more pace against him this time\r\nDan Illman Liked Midnight Interlude's Santa Anita Derby. Wide all the way around the track in first start against winners. Feel Derby too bad to be true\r\nMike Beer Top 3: Sway away, Dance City, Animal Kingdom\r\nDan Illman My picks: Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford\r\nMike Beer not convinved SwayAway wants distance, but he ran big in ArkDerby, have to give him one more\r\nMarcus Hersh Picks: Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, Dialed In, Dance City\r\nMike Beer what makes anyone think Mucho Macho Man can turn the tables on Animal Kingdom tomorrow? playing Animal Kingdom not to reproduce?\r\nMarcus Hersh Dan - pace threat might be the ticket right now. Main track is sllloowww, front-runners doing well.\r\nMike Beer Will Dance City really be a longshot? - feels buzzy to me...\r\nMike Beer i think Dance City will go shorter than SwayAway - but i'm awful at predicting these things...\r\nDan Illman Concealed Identity the only Maryland-bred in Preakness. Likes track. Has one eye.\r\nDan Illman New shooters in Preakness don't knock my socks off. Sticking with Derby horses. Animal Kingdom pounded them in Derby.\r\nMike Beer i'm on board w/the ArkDerby horses - espescially since the 3rd/4th finishers were best &amp; run in the Preak\r\nDan Illman Don't see what the big deal is with Dialed In.\r\nDan Illman Literally. One eye.\r\nDan Illman Think Pimlico track bias is way overrated.\r\nMike Beer would never bet Dailed In - if you like Animal Kingdom, try to hook him up - Picks, etc\r\nMike Beer don't know (nor care) who the riders are - in any race\r\nDan Illman Maybe Mr. Commons improves after throat surgery.\r\nMike Beer isn't MrCommons a turf horse?\r\nDan Illman Beer, you think everyone is a turf horse.\r\nMike Beer it's a weak crop as afar as distance-racing goes, but there are some fast ones out there. 3 year-old sprints could be interesting\r\nDan Illman Think shackleford has to sit off Flashpoint.\r\nMike Beer Shackleford can't have as easy a time on the lead tomorrow - tough to make him\r\nMike Beer why does anyone think the Derby also-rans are playable? Animal Kingdom just won't show? he drilled them at Churchill Downs\r\nMike Beer Shak never won (or run even reasonably well) from off the pace...\r\nMike Beer Odds: Dialed In currently 5/2, Animal Kingdom 7/2\r\nMike Beer best closer is Animal Kingdom\r\nMike Beer SwayAway may be best sprinting...hoping GoGo can get him to settle &amp; time it right\r\nDan Illman 4 tosses - Isn't He Perfect, Flashpoint, Concealed Identity, Norman Asbjornson. Now, box 'em.\r\nMike Beer auto toss: NormAsbjornson, Isnt he perfect, Concealed Identity, Flashpoint\r\nDan Illman In other Preakness stakes races, how about China in Maryland Sprint, Desert Sage in Gallorette?\r\nMike Beer like No Explaining too\r\nDan Illman Nope, thinking he goes in Schaefer on dry track.\r\nMike Beer King Congie has already run on dirt - and not well\r\nMike Beer Flashpoint is very fast - distance a gigantic question &amp; his Fla Derby was not good\r\nMike Beer Distance in not a question for Animal Kingdom just needs to reproduce last. will he?\r\nMike Beer Dialed In ran last 1/2 under 47, first 7f in 1:30 at Kentucky Derby...?\r\nDan Illman Listen, a one-run closer like Dialed In always needs pace and race luck. He'll get pace. Will he get trip?\r\nMike Beer Mucho Macho Man has done nothing wrong, but when has he shown that he's really good?\r\nDan Illman It wouldn't surprise me if Midnight Interlude improves enough. Likes his SA Derby. Not good in Kentucky. Too early to give up on him\r\nMike Beer didnt Sway Away run better than Dance City in AkDerby? both ran well but Santa Anita had terrible trip\r\nMike Beer Using Sway Away &amp; Dance City on all tix\r\nMike Beer everyone forgetting about Flashpoint? he's the pace...\r\nMike Beer Flashpoint broke outward in the FlaDerby &amp; they tried to rate - won't be the case tomorrow\r\nMarcus Hersh Of note to me is the PIM track surface. While wet Thursday it was playing very slow. Dry today, but quite slow again.\r\nMarcus Hersh Some trainers talk up their stock. Others talk them down. Motion seems quietly confident.\r\nMarcus Hersh I don't know that slow PIM favors anyone. But slow tracks can be weird. Tuff to figure.\r\nMarcus Hersh Dan Illman - by interesting pace in upcoming race 9, you're seeing fall-apart? Too much speed?\r\nMarcus Hersh Not an Astrology fan.\r\nMarcus Hersh And can't see King Congie.\r\nMarcus Hersh Animal Kingdom is so much more than a turf horse, IMO\r\nMarcus Hersh Where did Mucho Macho Man get stopped in Derby enough to make up distance on Animal Kingdom?\r\nMarcus Hersh I don't like Sway Away, but i do like the move to Gomez\r\nMarcus Hersh I like Mucho Macho Man and respect Mucho Macho Man. Realize he's a late foal. But to me, he's exposed by now.\r\nMarcus Hersh Midnight Interlude spent the winter in SoCal. Want nothing from there this year.\r\nMarcus Hersh Dance City did really well hanging around after hot OP pace. Mental issues?\r\nMarcus Hersh Wow - strange, strange track at PIM right now.\r\nMarcus Hersh Nehro is waiting for the Belmont\r\nMike Beer Nehro waiting for Belmont - he can hang in that race, as well...\r\nMarcus Hersh Mike Beer - Nehro does have a habit of doing his best running during the gallop out.\r\nMarcus Hersh Has anyone seen odds on Animal Kingdom to win the Triple Crown?\r\nMike Beer Marcus - Animal Kingdom 6/1 to win Triple Crown, i believe\r\nMarcus Hersh 6-1 on Triple Crown bid I would not take. I think he can do it, but need twice that price.\r\nMarcus Hersh Don't need to be a super horse. Just better than the others, and to stay the trip. Both possible.\r\nMarcus Hersh Belmont easier than Preakness for Animal Kingdom? By a hair? Tough one.\r\nMarcus Hersh More speed means a horse like Dialed In could do much better this time.\r\nMike Beer Have bad feeling Royal Delta will be very short price...we'll see. I'm against Wyomia, win or lose...\r\nDan Illman Don't love King Congie on dirt. Had two poor prior runs on it, albeit against good competition.\r\nMarcus Hersh RE King Congie: Strangely, the best horses by Bade of Silver seem better on grass.\r\nDan Illman Animal Kingdom didn't have dirt form. That makes him different than poor dirt form King Congie.\r\nMike Beer Marcus Hersh liked Animal Kingdom on dirt - had him on top in Derby\r\nMarcus Hersh Here's the thing about Animal Kingdom's first dirt: Big part of problem with that is the kickback. But Turfway Poly kickback is huge\r\nMarcus Hersh Animal Kingdom continued. . . So Animal Kingdom already had dealt with kickback in Spiral. That's why he dropped to last.\r\nMarcus Hersh Wide draw for Mr. Commons no good, no good at all. Even if he was good enough\r\nMarcus Hersh Have you watched races at Turfway Park? It's a storm of kickback. A storm.\r\nMarcus Hersh If you all have a chance, go back and watch Animal Kingdom replays. He has done little wrong.\r\nMarcus Hersh Wyomia a little dead on board for Miss Preakness? I'm hesistant to dive in too deep with this funky surface.\r\nMarcus Hersh Animal Kingdom's price is unappealing. I will try to make things more interesting singling in the pick 4 and pick 3.\r\nMarcus Hersh With Flashpoint in the race, Shackleford may be the stalker\r\nMike Beer Pace almost has to be stronger than it was in Derby...don't know if that helps Dialed In enough...\r\nMarcus Hersh There's hype for Astrology? I missed it.\r\nMarcus Hersh Hearing dry track for Preakness\r\nMarcus Hersh Dance City would be my top horses who should be double-digit odds\r\nMarcus Hersh Have a sneaking thought that skepticism could lead to 3-1 on Animal Kingdom. Hoping, at least.\r\nMarcus Hersh Flashpoint is a very talented horse who probably will prove better around one turn.