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Fourteen To Run In 136th Preakness Stakes

The second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run tomorrow at Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack.

A field of 14 is entered in the Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is the early favorite at 2-1. He’ll run from post position 11.

The second favorite, at 9-2, is Dialed In. The Nick Zito-trained horse drew post position 10.

Mucho Macho Man, who finished third in the Derby, has early odds of 6-1. He’ll run from post position nine.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro won’t run in the Preakness because of a heavy spring schedule but is expected to be entered in the Belmont Stakes.

Post time at Pimlico is approximately 6:15pm.

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Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom is the winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby.

With John Velazquez aboard, Animal Kingdom blew past second-place finisher Nehro in the stretch to take the Run For the Roses. Mucho Macho Man finished third.

Velazquez was given the mount on Friday, replacing Robby Albarado, who was injured earlier in the week.
Velazquez was orignally scheduled to ride Uncle Mo, who was scratched Friday.

Animal Kingdom is trained by Graham Motion and owned by Team Valor International.

Archarcharch suffered a non-life-threatening fracture during the race.

Animal Kingdom paid $43.80, $19.60 and $13.00. Nehro paid $8.80 and $6.40. Mucho Macho Man paid $7.00.

The Kentucky Derby was run before a record crowd of 164,858 at Churchill Downs.

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Field Of 20 Set For 137th Kentucky Derby

The post positions are set for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The early favorite, at 4-1, is Dialed In, who drew the number eight post position. Uncle Mo is the second favorite, at 9-2, and will break from the number 18 hole. He’s still questionable for the Derby, however because of a lingering gastrointestinal problem.

The third choice is Nehro, at 6-1. He drew the number 19 spot.

Kathy Ritvo (pictured) is the trainer of Mucho Macho Man, who at 12-1 will start from post position 13. That’s fine with Ritvo, who’s looking to become the first female trainer and the first heart transplant recipient to win the Derby.

“Thirteen happens to be a really lucky number for me. I was born on February 13 and I got my heart transplant on November 13, so I knew 13 was the number today,” she said.

Ritvo received her new heart in 2008. She’s been using the Derby spotlight to promote organ donation.