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The Preakness is upon us, and with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom installed as the worthy 2-1 Morning Line favourite, there is not too much left to ponder except what to do to watch and/or celebrate the race.

We all know that the Kentucky Derby is about fancy hats, mint juleps and red roses. What is the hallmark of horse racing’s second jewel in the Triple Crown, you ask? Perhaps this video explains it best:

 

 

Toilet surfing. Bikini contests. A bottomless beer club with a half-man, half-horse mascot called Kegasus. Yes, The Preakness celebration, with it’s motto “Lord of the Infield-Fest“, is all about drunken debauchery. It makes it easy if you are hosting a Preakness party at home – no messing around with julep recipes; all you really need is a keg of beer. Coverage starts on NBC at 1:30pm.

Once again, Hastings Park will be simulcasting the race, with doors opening at 8:45am and post-time for the race at 3:24pm.

In other Preakness notes:

  • Animal Kingdom will be vanned to the Pimlico racetrack the morning of the Preakess. He has spent the last two weeks at Fair Hill, a training facility in Elkton, Maryland. Trainer Graham Motion plans to start the 75 mile trip at 5:00am to be sure the Derby winner will make it to the starting gate on time.
  • Jockey Robby Albarado, taken off Animal Kingdom the day before the Kentucky Derby, will be riding 20-1 longshot King Congie in the Preakness.
  • Aside from Animal Kingdom, the horse who stands to gain the most from winning this race is Dialed In, who finished a disappointing 8th as the favourite in the Kentucky Derby. Now, he not only seeks to redeem himself at Pimlico, but also stands to gain a $5.5 million bonus courtesy of Canadian racetrack mogul Frank Stronach for winning the Holy Bull Stakes, Florida Derby and Preakness.
  • If you’re looking for a Preakness longshot, consider 20-1 shot Mr. Commons. He was 3rd in the Santa Anita Derby, is trained by Zenyatta’s trainer John Shirreffs, and has a series of great works coming into this race.
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