|Written by Michelle Allan|
Animal Kingdom is the heavy favorite in a field of champions going into this weekend’s 136th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the renowned Triple Crown. If Animal Kingdom takes advantage of the heavy odds in his favor and walks away from with the Preakness Stakes like horse racing betting experts are claiming that he will do, he could possibly become the first horse in over thirty years to win the Triple Crown. Assuming that Animal Kingdom plays with the odds and wins this weekend’s race, he’ll still have to face the challenging track of the Belmont Stakes in order to walk away with the coveted Triple Crown, but he’d have incredible odds going into that race should he emerge victorious in this week’s Preakness Stakes.
While the odds seem to be in Animal Kingdom’s favor, there are some disadvantages that he’s going to have to overcome to join the elite group of Triple Crown winners. The first challenge to his path is a little horse called Dialed In who is looking for redemption in this week’s Preakness Stakes. Favored to win the Kentucky Derby, Dialed In finished at a heartbreaking eighth place, belying the talent and stamina that he has demonstrated in other races. Dialed In has something to prove in this next big race, and his trainer as been working hard to help him get in shape for the Preakness, and with Dialed In, you can expect him to make a strong showing and give Animal Kingdom a run for his money.
Another obstacle that Animal Kingdom is going to have to overcome to help him contend for the Triple Crown is the unfortunate post position that he’s drawn. Animal Kingdom has drawn a post position of 11, a tricky position that has only yielded two winners for the Preakness since 1926. Standing in Animal Kingdom’s favor is the tradition that post-Kentucky Derby winners tend to make a strong showing at the second leg of the Triple Crown, and hopefully that tradition will be enough for him to overcome the stamina of Dialed In and the disadvantage of an unlucky post position draw.