BALTIMORE - MAY 21: Jockey Jesus Castanon riding "Shackleford" celebrates as he crosses the finish line in first place in the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Shackleford Wins 2011 Preakness Stakes, Animal Kingdom Denied

Shackleford, with 12-1 odds, managed to hold off Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom and win the 136th Preakness Stakes.

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Preakness 2011 Payouts: Shackleford, Animal Kingdom, Astrology

The results are officially in for the 2011 Preakness Stakes, with Shackleford to win, Animal Kingdom to place, and Astrology to show. Here are the payouts. How did you do?

SHACKLEFORD  $27.20     $10.20    $6.80

ANIMAL KINGDOM                  $4.20    $3.60

ASTROLOGY                                          $8.00

$2 EXACTA  $114.80

$2 TRIFECTA $1,401.80

$2 SUPERFECTA  $6,212.60

We have certainly see larger payouts before. A win is a win, though, and you have our congratulations if you came up big on Saturday.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes is now in the books, with Shackleford emerging as the winner. Stay with our 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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Shackleford Wins 2011 Preakness Stakes

Shackleford has won the 2011 Preakness Stakes. This result is not yet official, but the finish was clear enough to be able to call. Shackleford's wire-to-wire win was very nearly snatched away from Animal Kingdom, the reigning Kentucky Derby champion who made a furious charge in the final 200 yards.

Just before post time, Shackleford faced 12-1 odds. This is what our horse racing expert, Matt Gardner, had to say about Shackleford before the Preakness:

With Flashpoint to his inside, it would seem imperative that Shackleford is at least right on the early leader's hip pocket going into the first turn.  If he's not, he's yet to show that he can run at his best if he's more than a length or two back early on.

Clearly, then, this is a surprising run for Shackleford.1978's Affirmed will remain the most recent Triple Crown winner for yet another year.

The 2011 Preakness Stakes gets underway on May 21 at Pimlico racetrack. Stay with our 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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Preakness 2011 Odds: Morning Line Has Animal Kingdom As Favorite; Mucho Macho Man Slips

On Saturday morning, Animal Kingdom still stands as the favorite to win the 2011 Preakness Stakes. The reigning Kentucky Derby champion boasted the same 2-1 odds on Saturday's morning line as he had in previous days. The odds haven't remained completely static, however.

Mucho Macho Man's odds have fallen from 9-2 to 6-1. We'll have to wait and see how impulse betting is affected following the death of wrestling legend "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Experience tells us that plenty of people bet this way.

Here is the full morning line for the 136th running of the Preakness:

Astrology 15-1
Norman Asbjornson 30-1
King Congie 20-1
Flashpoint 20-1
Shackleford 12-1
Sway Away 15-1
Midnight Interlude 15-1
Dance City 12-1
Mucho Macho Man 6-1
Dialed In 9-2
Animal Kingdom 2-1
Isn't He Perfect 30-1
Concealed Identity 30-1
Mr. Commons 20-1

Our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Preakness Stakes 2011: Nehro Will Not Race, Owner Announces

Nehro, the runner-up in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, was projected to be one of the favorites in Saturday's Preakness Stakes. On Tuesday, though, owner Ahmed Zayat has announced that he will not run Nehro in the Preakness. In particular, Zayat expressed worry over overworking his horse.

Zayat made the decision Tuesday morning, even though Nehro has responded well after finishing second behind Animal Kingdom at Churchill Downs on May 7.

Zayat says Nehro "couldn't look any better," but added, "I'm just concerned about him having four hard races in eight weeks."

Nehro had sported 5-1 odds prior to the announcement -- the second-strongest odds of any horse aside from Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom. This figures to give Animal Kingdom, who held 5-2 odds before the announcement, an even better chance at setting himself up for a chance to win the elusive Triple Crown.

Check back with this StoryStream for updates regarding the 2011 Preakness Stakes. And for more on the world of horse racing, check out SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down The Stretch They Come.

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