Animal Kingdom arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland early Saturday as the early 2-1 favorite in the Preakness Stakes.
The 136th running of the second jewel in the Triple Crown goes off at 6:20 p.m. EDT Saturday.
Animal Kingdom spent most of the week in seclusion at the Fair Hill Training Center in rural Elkton before the 60-mile pre-dawn drive to Baltimore.
Animal Kingdom picked up a lot of cache with bettors thanks to its victory in the Kentucky Derby. Turf writers and racing analysts remained high on the colt.
Other early-line favorites Saturday were Dialed In at 9-2 and Mucho Macho Man, 6-1.
Mucho Macho Man was one of four Preakness horses that went through a light sunrise workout on the course Saturday.
There was no rain in the Baltimore forecast Saturday and the track at Pimlico was listed as fast.
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