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!
is the latest news from Baltimore courtesy of the Pimlico
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.
time for the 136th running of the Preakness is 6:20 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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