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Shackleford Wins Preakness

Shackleford held off a late charge by Animal Kingdom to win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.  Shackleford’s win is horse racing’s loss.Affirmed was the last horse to win the Triple Crown in 1978.  Animal Kingdom made a late charge in the Preakness this year to keep a Triple Crown bid alive, but it wasn’t meant to be.  The colt, Shackleford, had a big enough lead to hold off Animal Kingdom.

Horse racing would have benefitted greatly, just like it did in 2008 when Big Brown was in contention to complete the Triple, if Animal Kingdom could’ve edged Shackleford.  The ratings, interest level, and appeal would have been much higher for the Belmont Stakes on June 11th if that would have happened.

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There was a nice moment after the race when Shackleford jockey Jesus Castanon was interviewed by NBC.  He dedicated the race to his mother and mentioned that his dad was looking down on him as he started to break down.  His father passed away in November.

Astrology, Dialed In, and Dance City rounded out the top five.  Mucho Macho Man finished sixth, followed by King Congie, Mr. Commons, Isn’t He Perfect, and Concealed Identity.

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