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Are you ready for some Preakness?

 

Horse racing is for the purist sports watcher and bettor. Horses are beautiful athletes in their own right and give enthusiasts a thrill for under two minutes.

This Saturday, May 21 at about 6:19 EST at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland 14 horses will vie to be the best of the best.

After winning the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom is the early 2-1 favorite for the 136th Preakness. The colt, who is ridden by jockey John Velazquez and trained by Maryland's Graham Motion, will run against a full field of 14 horses. It's the first time the Preakness has had a full field since 2005. Animal Kingdom drew the No. 11 post position in the draw.

Dialed In who was the morning line Derby favorite but finished eighth in the Run for the Roses, was made the second choice (9-2).   He will be in the No. 10 stall, right next to Animal Kingdom. This horse has been terrific and it was disappointing to see him place eight at the Derby but I expect him to do much better and I would not be surprised if he wins the race.

If you want an interesting underdog Dance City, who drew 12-1 odds, looks like the best of the bunch. In five starts, he's never finished worse than third. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Dance City finished third in a very competitive Arkansas Derby. He had some minor injuries that held him back during the winter but he looks like a horse that can get a return on your investment.

Weather plays an important role in horse racing and steady rain has been falling in Baltimore this week so mudders like Mucho Macho Man could be your horse of choice.

I love watching these gorgeous creatures run and I love to bet on them as well. Enjoy the race and good luck!