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Zipse At The Track

Sherwin's Selection, Animal Kingdom, Arrives at Pimlico

The speculation is now over. Sherwin Root, the ZATT Kentucky Derby Contest winner has announced that he will be sticking with Animal Kingdom as his selection for the 2011 Preakness. Root won the $200 win bet on the Preakness horse of his choice when he correctly picked the Kentucky Derby exacta of Animal Kingdom over Nehro … Good luck to Sherwin and Animal Kingdom!

Here is the latest news from Baltimore courtesy of the Pimlico Communications Department:

BALTIMORE, 05-21-11---Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom completed his journey to the Preakness Stakes at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, just under 12 hours before he will compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Post time for the 136th running of the Preakness is 6:20 p.m.

Led by assistant trainer Dave Rock, the Team Valor International colt stepped off the horse van that carried him the 60 miles from his home at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. to the Preakness Stakes Barn at Pimlico. Animal Kingdom walked the shedrow before being led into Stall 40, the traditional home of the Kentucky Derby winner during its stay at Pimlico.

Trainer Graham Motion shipped the chestnut colt from Churchill Downs to Fair Hill on Tuesday, May 10 and opted to keep him at the quiet, rural facility northeast of Baltimore until Preakness morning. Motion’s contingent of  seven horses entered in races on the Preakness program left Fair Hill at 5:32  a.m. Animal Kingdom was the only horse on the second van.

The two Preakness runners based at the Bowie Training Center, Norman Asbjornson and Concealed Identity, arrived at Pimlico in separate vans between 5:30 and 6 a.m.

Four Preakness horses, Mr. Commons, Astrology, Flashpoint and Mucho Macho Man were taken to the track for some light exercise during the 5:30 to 6 a.m. period reserved for Preakness runners.

Photo credit -
Jerry Dzierwinski, Maryland Jockey Club



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Older Comments about Sherwin's Selection, Animal Kingdom, Arrives at Pimlico...

sorry sherwin,very nice try
So close ... sorry, Sherwin.
If he sticks with Animal Kingdom, he won't need any luck but, good luck anyway.
Sherwin, I think I speak for many when I say, I hope you win! Go Animal Kingdom!!!
Good luck Sherwin!

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