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Shackleford Wins US Gr1 Preakness Stakes
In the US 107,398 fans watched front-running colt Shackleford (Forestry-Oatsee, Unbridled) improve on his 4th in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby to hold-off fast-finishing Derby winner & race favourite Animal Kingdom for a half-length victory in the 2nd leg of the 3YO Triple Crown, the US$1.5 million Gr1 Preakness Stakes (9.5 furlongs) for 3YOs at Pimlico in Maryland. Mike Lauffer & William Cubbedge's home-bred Shackleford (ridden by Jesus Castanon for trainer Dale Romans) defeated fellow colts Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango) & Astrology (A.P.Indy-Quiet Eclipse, by Quiet American). Shackleford took his records to 3 wins & a runner-up (in the Gr1 Florida Derby over 9 furlongs at Gulfstream Park) from 7 starts for US$1,471,666 earnings.