Animal Kingdom arrives for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner was moved from Fair Hill this morning

May 21, 2011|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, stabled at Fair Hill Training Center since his victory, arrived at Pimlico Race Course this morning for today's 136th Preakness.

Unlike most Derby winners, who usually arrive mid-week to begin preparations for the second leg of the Triple Crown, Animal Kingdom trainer Graham Motion chose to keep his colt in the quiet surroundings of Fair Hill, Md., about 60 miles north of Baltimore in Cecil County.

Animal Kingdom made the move this morning by van with several of his stablemates who will be running in Preakness undercard races today. They arrived around 6:45 a.m.

The two Preakness runners based at the Bowie Training Center, Norman Asbjornson and Concealed Identity, arrived at Pimlico in separate vans between 5:30 and 6 a.m.

The Preakness is the 12th race with a scheduled post time of 6:20 p.m.

Animal Kingdom was made the early line favorite at 2-1 on Wednesday.

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