Paddy O’Prado retired with fractured sesamoid

Paddy O'Prado now retired!

Paddy O’Prado retired with fractured sesamoid.

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Another sad piece of news for the Horse-Racing world!

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2011 Belmont Stakes Probables+Past Performances!

We have the Official Belmont Stakes Odds and now “12 contenders” for you!

See list below!

Underlined names are linked to the most recently updated Past Performances!

Or – Click Here to see the “Full Page“of all Past Performances for this year’s “Contenders“!

As of 06/08/11,

Official 2011 Belmont Stakes Morning/ Lines!

Animal Kingdom at 2/1, Derby winner and Preakness 2nd!

Brillilant Speed at 15/1 and 7th in the Derby!

Isnt He Perfect at 30/1, and wasn’t in the Preakness finishing 9th!

Master of Hounds at 10/1, and 5th in the Derby!

Monzon at 30/1 and 6th in the Peter Pan!

Mucho Macho Man at 10/1, must keep all his shoes on  !

Nehro at 4/1, and should be rested now!

Prime Cut at 15/1 3rd in the Peter Pan, 2nd in Lex/Coolmore

Ruler On Ice at 20/1, 2nd in the Tesio Stakes!

Santiva at 15/1, late of a 6th place finish in the Derby!

Shackleford at 9/2 and needs no intro!

Stay Thirsty at 20/1, and disappeared into the Derby mist somewhere!

Draw was held this moring at 11:00 am!

Shackleford finally closes the deal in 2011 Preakness Stakes

Shackleford winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes

After being on the lead and then not being able to hold it in the Florida and Kentucky Derby’s, today at Pimlico, Shackleford finally closed the deal in the $1,000,000 GI Preakness Stakes in winning this 1 3/16 mile contest by a 1/2 length over Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom!

Coming 3rd by 1 1/2 was Astrology and your super was filled out by Dialed In back another 2 1/4.

See “Full Results” by clicking Here!

Flashpoint set some better factions here at 22, 46, 1:12 and held the early lead with Shackleford in tow all the way to the stretch where Shackleford did what he always does and went for the win.

Animal Kingdom did come a closing 2nd and if they here another 1/16th he would have won today!

Astrology did live up to his 2yo hype here with a gutsy rail-ride for a close 3rd and Dialed In who isn’t going to collect than 5.5 million dollar bonus either for finishing 4th here today!

Take-Aways,

  1. Shackleford handled those good early factions and then hung tough enough at the end to “Close the Deal” as we had mentioned in our preview post on Thursday! So is the Belmont next for this Preakness winner? Only time will tell!
  2. Animal Kingdom is for real and should be treated so from now on! He would have won this race with a bit more room, but the line was where it was today and there will other days for him this year, count on it!
  3. Astrology gave quite the good accounting of himself today as that pedigree of his finally came to the fore! Watch out for this one the rest of the year, as he’ll be heard from again! Probably a Saratoga run is in the wind for him next!
  4. Dialed In did come late here, but it was  a day late and 5.5 million dollars short but don’t write him off just yet, he will be heard from again!
  5. For those finishing out of the money, the Ohio, Penn, WVa, Indiana and Iowa Derby’s are still looming large out there for you!

So our picks where “deadly” right on here today with our 6 picks taking all of the 6 first placings and you should be out partying on a sweep of all the exotics and supers as we sit on our 5th Preakness Stakes win in as many years.

We said this one is easier to handicap than the Derby and it was too!

So that was the 2011 Preakness Stakes and 3 weeks hence we’ll be in the “Big Apple” for the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown season!

So no Triple Crown winner again this year but see a race replay below!

Early Morning Preakness Odd 05-21-11

Some early betting has changed the odds on today’s Preakness Stakes

See where they stand below this morning!

Early Preakness odds by post position

1. Astrology, 13-1
2. Norman Asbjornson, 30-1
3. King Congie, 21-1
4. Flashpoint, 24-1
5. Shackleford, 12-1
6. Sway Away, 14-1
7. Midnight Interlude, 9-1
8. Dance City, 10-1
9. Mucho Macho Man, 6-1
10. Dialed In, 3-1
11. Animal Kingdom, 3-1
12. Isn’t He Perfect, 23-1
13. Concealed Identity, 20-1
14. Mr. Commons, 45-1