Saturday, May 21, 2011
Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom had to settle for second in the Grade I Preakness S., defeated by a half-length to front running Shackleford. The Team Valor color bearer was off to a slow start and did not pick up the pace until the ¾ pole of the 1 1/16 mile classic. He closed gamely and was steadily getting to the winner. Jockey John Velazquez said the son of Leroidesanimaux seemed to back off early due to the dirt in his face.
Earlier in the day a three-year-old son of top young sire War Front, Chinglish scored a 2 ¾ length victory in the James W. Murphy S. Purchased for Jerry & Ronald Frankel athe 2010 Keeneland April two-year-old sale this was the first stakes win for the half-brother to Tres Borrachos, a graded stakes winner of $633,057.”He broke good and got good position,” said winning rider John Velazquez. “He handled it pretty well. When I asked him to go, he responded. I got him in the clear and he clicked in pretty good.”
Gallagher’s Stud bred and Denali sold graduate Icabad Crane, third in the 2008 Preakness S., returned to the Baltimore oval in the William Donald Schaefer Memorial S.-G3, and once again he got close at the wire to finish third, one and half lengths behind Apart and Colizeo.