Preakness Stakes Betting – Animal Kingdom’s Owner is Confident

May 31, 2011 Preakness Stakes

The favorite in Preakness Stakes betting on Saturday afternoon is Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and his owner is very confident.

Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor who owns Animal Kingdom has said that Animal Kingdom might not even have to run as fast as he did in the Derby to win the Preakness. Animal Kingdom is the 2-1 favorite in Preakness betting at Sbgglobal.

Animal Kingdom Training Great
The Kentucky Derby doesn’t seem to have taken anything out of Animal Kingdom.  He has worked superbly this week in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. Irwin said that the quick turnaround can always be a concern with a horse but the extra long break that Animal Kingdom got before the Derby (six weeks) has made a big difference as Animal Kingdom looks fresh. Normally horses going into the three Triple Crown races would have had a race within a few weeks of the Kentucky Derby but that was not the case with Animal Kingdom and the extra rest seems to have helped him.

Three Horses at Single Digit Odds
In the full field of 14 for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes there are only three horses with single-digit odds. Animal Kingdom is the 2-1 favorite in Preakness Stakes betting while Dialed In is 9-2 and Mucho Macho Man is 6-1.  The other 11 horses in the field are all listed at 12-1 or higher in Preakness betting. Six horses are considered longshots in the field with odds of either 20-1 or 30-1.

Here is a look at the full field of 14 for Saturday’s Preakness

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Astrology Mike Smith Steve Asmussen 15-1
2 Norman Asbjomson Julian Pimentel Chris Grove 30-1
3 King Congie Robby Albardo Tom Albertrani 20-1
4 Flashpoint C. Velasquez Wesley Ward 20-1
5 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 12-1
6 Sway Away Garrett Gomez Jeff Bonde 15-1
7 Midnight Interlude Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 15-1
8 Dance City R. Dominguez Todd Pletcher 12-1
9 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh Kathy Ritvo 6-1
10 Dialed In Julien Leparoux Nick Zito 9-2
11 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez Graham Motion 2-1
12 Isn’t He Perfect Edgar Prado D. Shivmangal 30-1
13 Concealed Identity Sheldon Russell Eddie Gaudet 30-1
14 Mr. Commons  Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs 20-1