The 2011 Preakness Stakes draws the attention of the horse racing world today as crowds flock to Pimlico Racetrack.
The Preakness is the famed second race of the historic Triple Crown, held since 1873 in Baltimore, Maryland. With a track that is only 9.5 furlongs (1-3/16 miles,) the Preakness is more of a sprint than its cousin—the longer and more famous Kentucky Derby.
However, the shorter track and substantially faster surface always creates plenty of excitement.
For those who can't make it to Baltimore, the race will be broadcast on NBC—hosted by Tom Hammond, Bob Costas and hall of fame jockey Gary Stevens. Events before and after will be shown on the Versus cable sports network.
Will Kentucky Derby champion, Animal Kingdom, continue his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978?
Will Dialed In win, earning his team a bonus of $5.5 million?
How about Shackleford, potentially earning a much less but substantial $550,000 extra payout?
All these questions will be answered and more.
Stay tuned here and to Bleacher Report's Preakness coverage page for all the latest results, coverage, and recap.