Preakness Week 2011

Images from the days leading up to Preakness day.

Welcome to Pimlico

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The 2011 Preakness comes into focus,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and soon the winner will be revealed.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Georgeanne Hale holds the key on draw day.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The field is set.

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The Blood-Horse's own Tom LaMarra picked up the Old Hilltop Award at the Alibi Breakfast.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The one hole belonged to Astrology

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Whose preparations were overseen by two-time Preakness winner Steve Asmussen.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs was back in demand.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

This time, he had Mr. Commons ready for the Preakness.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Newcomer to the Triple Crown Trail, Doodauth Shivmangal, trainer of Isn't He Perfect, and 5-time winner Bob Baffert, who brings Midnight Interlude.

Photo: Rick Samuels

A reminder of one of Baffert's successes, honoring 2010 winner Lookin At Lucky.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Isn't He Perfect takes to the track.

Photo: Rick Samuels

The tools of the trade,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

put to good use on the track with Midnight Interlude.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Todd Pletcher brought new shooter Dance City to the Preakness.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dance City was all business on the track at Pimlico.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dialed In was the picture of serene calm,

Photo: Rick Samuels

bringing a smile to Trainer Nick Zito.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Sway Away emerges from the trees.

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The probably pacesetter, Flashpoint.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Although, Shackleford was ready to flash his speed as well.

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King Congie gets a bath on Preakness morning.

Photo: Rick Samuels

No one made a better impression Preakness week than Mucho Mucho Man.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Only time would tell if it would translate into Preakness glory.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Stall 40, reserved for the Derby winner, remained empty through the week,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

as Animal Kingdom prepared at picturesque Fair Hill.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Friday was Black-Eyed Susan Day

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Everyone was in the pink.

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The Lady Legends returned for a good cause, as the retired female riders raised money for the fight against breast cancer.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

P.J. Cooksey shows off her form.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Happy faces after the race.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The winner was Mary Wiley-Wagner, who rode Mass Destruction to a 6 1/2 length victory, and delivered a television interview as well.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge went to Emma-Jayne Wilson, who donated her winnings to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

In the Black-Eyed Susan, Royal Delta made her move on the turn,

Photo: Rick Samuels

and pulled away for a 2 1/2 length win.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Royal Delta and Jose Lezcano, Black-Eyed Susan victors, coming at you.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

All adorned with flowers and ready for her close-up.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Smiles all around for a Black-Eyed Susan win. Ron Wallace representing winning owner and breeder Palides Investments (6th from left) accepts trophy with jockey Lezcano and trainer Bill Mott right.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Animal Kingdom finally arrived on Saturday morning,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and made himself at home in stall 40, reserved for the Derby winner.

Photo: Jim Duley

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