2011 Preakness Stakes: Last Minute Tips Before You Place Your Bet

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2011 Preakness Stakes: Last Minute Tips Before You Place Your Bet
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If Animal Kingdom leaves Baltimore victorious today, he will become the 12th horse since Affirmed won horse racing’s last Triple Crown in 1978, to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Over the course of horse racing history, 11 prized thoroughbreds have completed the three-race sweep to win the Sport of Kings toughest prize.

Not since Big Brown in 2008, has a horse won the first two legs with a shot to win the crown.

Eight horses since 1997 have had the privilege of heading to Belmont Park with a chance at becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner—all have failed.

Some in agonizing and heart breaking fashion.

Forty-five horses have won two of the three Triple Crown races throughout the history of the Triple Crown.

Of those 45, 21 have won the Derby and Preakness, but failed to go on and win the Belmont.

While the Preakness Stakes is not as grand and event as the Kentucky Derby, it is more important.

Simply put, the Preakness determines whether there can be a Triple Crown winner. If Animal Kingdom wins, then the hype and hysteria will build for the next three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

If he loses, then most of those drawn to the horse racing world this time of year will disappear.

The following is a list that everybody can use when determine which horse will, or will not win the Preakness stakes.

Let’s face it, everybody becomes a handicapper this time of the year. How important are the odds, the jockey, post position, pedigree and the trainers?

With just a few hours to go, check out the following slides before placing your final bet for this years Preakness. 

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