After Shackleford lost the lead and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans never thought twice about giving Jesus Castanon a second chance to win a Triple Crown race.
With about four hours until the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Animal Kingdom and Dialed In continued to vie for favoritism, both at 3-1.
Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom arrived at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21 and got settled into the stakes barn at the Maryland racetrack.
With just one day remaining, trainer Graham Motion is confident that Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom is ready for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Some of the partners in Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom have been investors for some time, but nothing prepared them for May 7 when the colt won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was supposed to clear up the confusing 3-year-old picture. Well, did it or didn't it? read blog
Lenny and Steve discuss Animal Kingdom's preparations at Fair Hill, new and old shooters in the Preakness, Barry Irwin's Derby comments, Watch Video
Evan and Steve Pallardy hold the fort while Tom and Jason are on location at Pimlico. Listen to all four handicapper's Preakness picks and contender thoughts. Watch Video
Meet the horses running in the 2011 Preakness Stakes. View Slideshow
Animal Kingdom was a surprise winner of the Derby and came out of the race in great shape. But will the pace of the Preakness, which will likely be much swifter, be a benefit or a hindrance to the Triple Crown hopeful?
Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will break from post 11 as the 2-1 morning line favorite for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course May 21.
Steve Haskin discusses the Preakness Draw. Watch Video
Will Animal Kingdom win again? One of his Derby foes? Or a new shooter? Predict the Order
Racing from the US, Canada, France, Japan and Turkey this week! View Slideshow
Team Valor International's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom galloped 1 1/2 miles over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md. the morning of May 17.
The third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby prepares for the Preakness over a sloppy Belmont Park training track in New York.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Dance City, working in company, turned in a bullet five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs May 15. At Fair Hill in Maryland, Animal Kingdom galloped over the Tapeta surface.
Jason, Tom and Evan from Twinspires.com reflect on the Kentucky Derby and handicap the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Watch Video
A look back at the Kentucky Derby, including comments from Team Valor's Barry Irwin about Animal Kingdom, and a look ahead to the Preakness. Watch Video
Derby winner Animal Kingdom settles into his new home. Read Blog
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Son of a Brazilian-bred stallion and a German mare, Animal Kingdom has perhaps the most international pedigree of any Kentucky Derby winner in history.
Animal Kingdom visited the track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. for the first time Wednesday, May 11 as he began preparations for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 21.
Kentucky Derby 137 has come and gone, and before we move on to the Preakness let's take a few moments to dissect the race. I have several observations, but let's start out with the winner. Read Blog
After the Derby, Barry Irwin reminded everyone of the important role of partnerships today. Read Blog
It was an odd journey that made sense in the end. Read Blog
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will likely face 13 3-year-old rivals at Pimlico May 21 in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
- By Esther Marr
From the heartbreaking phone call I made to John Greathouse about his ill-fated filly Devil May Care, to the quiet beauty of the descending twilight on Oaks night, to the thrilling Derby finish of Animal Kingdom Read Blog
Pimlico officials said on May 8 that as many as four starters from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) could gather in Baltimore on May 21 for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The morning after saddling Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Graham Motion was still trying to absorb the overwhelming feelings associated with winning America's biggest race.
Ron Mitchell reports on Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, the day after his Derby victory. Plus, Preakness plans for some of those who finished behind him. Watch Video
Relive Animal Kingdom's victory in the Kentucky Derby. View Slideshow
Lenny Shulman recaps Animal Kingdom's run for the roses in the 137th Kentucky Derby, including comments from the connections. Watch Video
Team Valor International's homebred Animal Kingdom roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Nehro was second; Mucho Macho Man third.
Lenny Shulman interviews Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor International, owners of Animal Kingdom. Watch Video
When logic and analysis gets you nowhere, be a contrarian. Read Blog
Jockey John Velazquez, whose original mount Uncle Mo was scratched out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been named to ride Animal Kingdom in the May 7 classic.
I do not like Archarcharch's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) post down on the rail, but I'm still going to pick him as the Run for the Roses winner. Read Blog
Ever since the four final major preps produced significant upsets, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has painted a murky and muddled picture.
Barry Irwin had faith in the horse he bred and is being rewarded with a chance to participate in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Haskin's Derby Report: Don't overlook Animal Kingdom on any surface. Read Blog
Toby's Corner, one of two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders for trainer Graham Motion, worked at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland the morning of Sunday, May 1.
Trainer Graham Motion said the colt worked six furlongs in 1:13 and handled the surface well.
A few changes in the Derby Dozen this week with a new number one! Read Blog
Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) work at Keeneland April 23 'didn't go as planned' in the eyes of trainer Graham Motion, as the colt was clocked in 1:02.80 for five furlongs.
Sunland Park Derby (gr. III) winner Twice the Appeal breezed six furlongs over a fast track at Churchill Downs in 1:17 1/5 on April 22 as he prepped for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The top five for Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen looks much different this week, Dialed In still sits on top. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
Looking for a potential Derby contender coming out of this weekend's races? You might want to look outside the winner's circle. Read Blog
Animal Kingdom took the overland route to a possible start in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he drew off late for a 2 3/4-length win in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 26
There are several under-the-radar horses who could run big in this weekend's 3-year-old stakes
Synthetic racing surfaces have brought out the best in Positive Response, so he'll get another opportunity over the Turfway Park Polytrack in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 26.
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