Commentary

Analyzing the Preakness post draw

Animal Kingdom could have trouble in the second leg of the Triple Crown

Updated: May 19, 2011, 4:33 PM ET
By Lane Gold | ESPN Insider
Animal KingdomRob Carr/Getty ImagesAnimal Kingdom could have a tough time from the No. 11 post.

With horse racing's annual "traffic jam" -- better known as the Kentucky Derby -- behind us, the Preakness field will have some traffic concerns of its own, as there is a capacity field of 14 horses. And 13 of the entrants will be keeping an eye on Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.

Much like the Derby, the starting gate for the Preakness is at the top of the home stretch, so there will be chances for some of the horses to overcome any early trouble, but the crowded field is the great equalizer.

Here is a breakdown of the winners and losers from the post position draw, starting with Animal Kingdom:

Kentucky Derby Winner

Animal Kingdom, No. 11 (2-1 morning line favorite) -- At first glance, this post position doesn't seem all that bad, as the colt has only three horses to his outside, but it is certainly not a "dream draw."

The key to keeping alive the chase for the ever elusive Triple Crown is not getting caught too wide on the first and final turns. Animal Kingdom will likely be stuck outside on the clubhouse turn, as jockey John Velazquez will try to maneuver his horse into his customary spot in the middle of the pack.

Lane Gold

ESPN Insider

A lifelong horse racing fan, Lane Gold hosts a weekly radio show called the Kentucky Winner's Circle and has a horse racing blog.