Florida Derby Runner-Up Shackleford Wins 136th Preakness
Shackleford, who spent the winter at Gulfstream Park and was a game second in the Florida Derby (G1), held off Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom in deep stretch Saturday to win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
Three of the first four finishers in the Preakness raced at Gulfstream this winter and were stabled at Gulfstream or its state-of-the-art satellite training facility Palm Meadows. Animal Kingdom and Florida Derby (G1) winner Dialed In, who finished fourth, both raced at Gulfstream and wintered at Palm Meadows.
Shackleford, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jesus Castanon, covered the 1 3/16th mile in 1:56.47. The son of Forestry started his 3-year-old season at Gulfstream with a victory Feb. 5 in an entry level allowance event. After finishing a disappointing fifth Feb. 26 in the Fountain of Youth (G2), Shackleford was beaten a nose in the Florida Derby, less than four lengths in the Kentucky Derby and now has won the Preakness.
Along with winning racing’s second jewel of the Triple Crown, Shackleford also earned a $550,000 bonus by participating in the Fountain of Youth and placing in the Florida Derby as part of MI Developments Inc unique bonus series.
Shackleford paid $27.20.
In other races at Pimlico:
• Paddy O’Prado, winner of the 2010 Palm Beach (G3) and a winter resident of Gulfstream, rallied down the stretch in his 4-year-old debut to win the $200,000 Dixie (G2) over Baryshnikov. Bim Bam, who had three starts this winter at Gulfstream, finished third.
• In the $100,000 James W. Murphy, Chinglish, a 3-year-old colt who broke his maiden March 26 at Gulfstream, drew off to a 2 ¾ length victory for trainer Mark Hennig. The son of War Front spent the winter at Palm Meadows.
Meanwhile, in races around the rest of North America:
• Awesome Maria, winner of Gulfstream’s Sabin (G3) and Rampart (G3), drove past Absinthe Minded in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park.
• Queen’splatekitten, an allowance winner at Gulfstream and second place finisher in the Palm Beach (G3), won the $150,000 Marine at Woodbine.
• Successful Mission, who began his 5-year-old season with an allowance victory March 13 at Gulfstream, won the $75,000 Elkwood at Monmouth by 7 ¼ lengths. The gelding is trained by Eddie Plesa Jr.