Week of May 16, 2011
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder

It was a relatively quiet week as the connections of Kentucky Derby starters considered the Preakness and the potential “new shooters” prepared. Currently there are 16 Preakness hopefuls with only 14 available slots. Derby starters likely to start in the Preakness include Animal Kingdom, Dialed In, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford and Midnight Interlude. Nehro is possible but might wait and point towards the Belmont Stakes. The post positions for this year’s Preakness will be drawn on Wednesday.

On Saturday the connections of Santiva said he would skip the race, giving Sway Away a spot. He and Flashpoint worked over the weekend while Mr. Commons worked on Friday. Dance City and King Congie worked on Sunday.

Update: Several Preakness hopefuls worked on Monday, including Midnight Interlude, Astrology and Nehro.

On the international front, Aussie sprinting sensation Black Caviar kept her undefeated record intact making by winning the BTC Cup at Doomben and bringing her overall record to 13-13. This was her sixth Group 1 this year (which is equivalent to our Grade 1), and winning one more would put her in second place for number Group 1 wins in a single season in Australia (the record is 10 from the 1957-58 season). In England 4-year-old Canford Cliffs kicked off his season with a win in the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury. His connections are looking forward to taking on the well-regarded Frankel later in the season.

Acclamation made short work of a short field at Hollywood Park to take the Jim Murray Handicap for the second year in a row. Going for his second consecutive win in the Charles Whittingham at Hollywood Park might be next for Acclamation. At Belmont Park Alternation edged out Adios Charlie to the take the Peter Pan Stakes and set the stage for a possible start in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer got his first win since the Belmont Stakes in the One Count Stakes at Belmont Park while former 2011 Kentucky Derby hopefuls Bench Points and Runflatout battled to the wire in the Laz Barrera at Hollywood Park with the photo going to Bench Points.

Last week the 2011 Hall of Fame entries were announced. This year’s inductees include trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, trainer of Blind Luck, Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty. Open Mind and Sky Beauty were both winners of the Triple Tiara racing series for 3-year-old fillies and now all eight winners of the series are also Hall of Famers.

This week we’ll bring you a profile of the horse who tops our Top 5 Favorite Preakness list, Afleet Alex. We’ll also take a look at the new shooters in the field plus do our race day picks in addition to providing more in-depth analysis over at Raceday 360. In the meantime, check out the Ten Things You Should Know About that got it all started find out more about how the Preakness spent time in New York.

2011 Preakness TV Schedule
From NBC, all times are Eastern

Fri. May 20, Preakness Classics, 3-4 p.m., VERSUS
Fri. May 20, Black Eyed Susan Stakes, 4-5 p.m., VERSUS
Sat. May 21, Live from Pimlico, 2:30-4:30 p.m., VERSUS
Sat. May 21, Preakness Stakes, 4:30-6:30 p.m., NBC
Sat. May 21, Preakness Wrap-up, 6:30-7 p.m., VERSUS

Keep up with all of the Preakness news and commentary at Raceday 360 Wire!


Last Week’s Races


2011 Peter Pan Stakes Replay
Slight favorite Alternation bests Adios Charlie on the wire.


2011 Jim Murray Handicap Replay
Acclamation easily makes it back to back wins in the Jim Murray.


2011 Laz Barrera Replay
Bench Points takes the photo over Runflatout.

Black Caviar Remains Undefeated
News clip containing part of the replay of the 2011 Group 1 BTC Cup.


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