The 136th Preakness Stakes is in the books, as Shackleford held on against a fast-closing Animal Kingdom to win. He stamped himself as a tough horse, showing yet again that it is almost impossible to get by him.
But now it is time to look forward.
There won't be a Triple Crown winner this year, a pill that is hard to swallow after how much I believed Animal Kingdom could be the one. It's a tough task to ask any horse to win three consecutive races, much less a three-year-old to beat the best horses three consecutive times.
Anyway, here are my five bold predictions for the Belmont and beyond.