Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite in the 136th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Dialed In, Nick Zito’s Derby favorite, is next at 9-2, followed by Mucho Macho Man at 6-1, according to the morning line by Pimlico Race Course handicapper Frank Carulli.
Animal Kingdom will run from the 11th post position, Dialed In starts from the 10th gate and Mucho Macho Man drew the ninth post.
The May 21 race over 1 3/16 miles at Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack will be contested by 14 horses.
Animal Kingdom, training at Fair Hill Training Center in northwestern Maryland, won’t go to Pimlico until the morning of the race, his trainer, Graham Motion said.
“The advantages are for staying in his stall until he has to leave,” said Motion, who won his first Derby with Animal Kingdom.
One horse has won the Preakness from the 11th post position -- Tabasco Cat in 1994. Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, will be running only his second race on a dirt track.
“He is in great form. He came out of the race super,” said Motion, whose previous three Preakness entries never ran better than third. “He hasn’t missed a meal.”
Zito, who won the Preakness in 1996 with Louis Quatorze, said Dialed In “didn’t lose anything in stature” when the colt came in eighth in the Derby.
“Nick Zito still believes Dialed In is the best 3-year-old in the country and if he can come with his best game, he can run down Animal Kingdom,” Zito said.
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds 1 Astrology Mike Smith Steve Asmussen 15-1 2 Norman Asbjomson Julian Pimentel Chris Grove 30-1 3 King Congie Robby Albarado Tom Albertrani 20-1 4 Flashpoint Cornelio Velasquez Wesley Ward 20-1 5 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 12-1 6 Sway Away Garrett Gomez Jeff Bonde 15-1 7 Midnight Interlude Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 15-1 8 Dance City Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher 12-1 9 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh Kathy Ritvo 6-1 10 Dialed In Julien Leparoux Nick Zito 9-2 11 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez Graham Motion 2-1 12 Isn’t He Perfect Edgar Prado D. Shivmangal 30-1 13 Concealed Identity Sheldon Russell Eddie Gaudet 30-1 14 Mr. Commons Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs 20-1