Shackleford spoils Animal Kingdom's Triple Crown bid at Preakness

Another long, hot, sticky day in the Infield has come and gone. But the event we all came to Pimlico Race Course to see -- well, at least what the people in the grandstand came to see -- was over in a hurry.

Shackleford led for most of the race and set a frantic pace in the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes, holding off an impressive late charge from Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness morning-line favorite Animal Kingdom to win by three-quarters of a length. Astrology finished in third, followed by Dialed In.

Shackleford’s win means another year will pass without a Triple Crown winner. The last was Affirmed in 1978.

Animal Kindgom, a crowd favorite because trainer Graham Motion operates out of Elkton, struggled out of the gate and was next-to-last early. He picked up steam near the halfway mark and gave us some late thrills, but had too much ground to cover. “The horse ran a huge race,” Motion said. “He came so close.”

Meanwhile, Shackleford’s team said it is too soon to say if the horse will run at the Belmont Stakes three weeks from now.

The horse racing community wanted to see Animal Kingdom go for the trifecta, but it looks like we’re going to get another ho-hum Triple Crown finale thanks to Shackleford’s steady run.

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