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Derby winner Animal Kingdom draws Post 11 for Preakness

Graham Motion was hoping Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom got a post from the middle to the outside of the 14-horse Preakness field. So, Post 11 for Saturday's 1 3/16 mile-race was just about what the trainer wanted.

Graham Motion was hoping Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom got a post from the middle to the outside of the 14-horse Preakness field. So, Post 11 for Saturday's 1 3/16 mile-race was just about what the trainer wanted.

"It's great," Motion said. "I couldn't be happier, really. I just would rather be on the outside than stuck down on the inside. I was a little worried when 1 and 14 were left. I've started from 14 before and you're almost on the outside rail. That's a tough spot."

Animal Kingdom was 20-1 when he won the Derby. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Preakness. Florida Derby winner Dialed In, the Derby favorite who finished eighth, was listed as the 9-2 second choice.

Derby runner-up Nehro was not entered. Mucho Macho Man (third) and Shackleford (fourth) are back for another run at Animal Kingdom.

- Dick Jerardi