Preakness Stakes betting players witnessed a wild run at the Kentucky Derby, where longshot Animal Kingdom stunned the horse racing world with a huge run on the outside to overcome the horses who had been leading for most of the race. One of the horses who faded at the end will look to bounce back in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.
Shackleford led a huge portion of the Kentucky Derby and set a good pace in the middle of the track, before he broke away with Mucho Macho Man and Nehro. But that trio seemed to be so preoccupied with each other that no one noticed Animal Kingdom coming on the outside, and that won't happen again. Pimlico is a faster track than Churchill Downs, and it's a little shorter than its Kentucky cousin, and this should favor Shackleford, who has been pretty steady this year. He won his allowance race, and his first with jockey Jesus Castanon, and he's put on some great performances in big stakes races such as the Fountain of Youth (a Grade 2 race in which he finishing fifth) and the Florida Derby (a Grade 1 race in which he finished second to Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In).
The only question remaining for Shackleford is his closing speed, as Dialed In come back to beat him at the Florida Derby, and he came in fourth at Churchill Downs, but if Castanon and trainer Dale L. Romans can find just a little more speed in Shackleford, they'll run away with a win in your best online sportsbook.