2011 Preakness Post Positions: Midnight Interlude, Sway Away Draw Favorable Starting Spots

The 2011 Preakness Stakes post position draw, announced by Pimlico Race Course officials Wednesday afternoon, was kind to Sway Away, Dance City, Midnight Interlude and Mucho Macho Man, while contenders like Animal Kingdom and Astrology must be disappointed. Well, they would be, if they were humans and knew how to count. Though surely they can sense the disappointment of their trainers, jockeys and owners. Moving on.

Why does this matter? Horses on the outside of the pack have tougher chances of victory on most tracks than those with interior starting points. The draw will certainly affect each contender's odds; you can check the latest Preakness odds here, but be advised those are going to change shortly. More post position draw theory here.

For instant analysis and commentary, check out And Down The Stretch They Come's discussion thread on the Preakness post position draw. The complete list of starting positions for the 2011 Preakness:

No. 1: Astrology

No. 2: Norman Asbjornson

No. 3: King Congle

No. 4: Flashpoint

No. 5: Shackelford

No. 6: Sway Away

No. 7: Midnight Interlude

No. 8: Dance City

No. 9: Mucho Macho Man

No. 10: Dialed In

No. 11: Animal Kingdom

No. 12: Isn't He Perfect

No. 13: Concealed Identity

No. 14: Mr. Commons

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.

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