After a week filled with horses shuffling in and out of the 2011 Preakness Stakes field, 14 horses will have their names draw and assigned to post positions on Wednesday. The post draw will give us a firm look at the field, as well as what position each horse will occupy in the gates. Unlike the Kentucky Derby, where the field is comprised of a whopping 20 horses, the Preakness post draw will have less of an impact on the race with less traffic to navigate through.
While it's been a foregone conclusion, Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli confirmed Animal Kingdom will be the morning line favorite when it's released on Wednesday. The morning line, or the initial track odds, is set immediately following the post draw.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will be the morning-line favorite for Saturday's 136th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The track's oddsmaker, Frank Carulli, indicated Monday that the Run for the Roses champ will be his top choice when post positions are drawn Wednesday afternoon.
The post positions will be announced at 5 p.m. EDT at Pimlico. The Preakness Stakes gets underway on Saturday at 6:25 p.m. EDT.
The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 2011 Preakness Stakes StoryStream for odds, contender profiles, post positions and more. To look back at the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby and Preakness fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.