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Friday, May 20, 2011


Born just 25 minutes from Great Meadow, the home of the Virginia and International Gold Cups, the Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City will challenge Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in tommorrow’s Preakness Stakes Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.

The handsome Virginia-bred, who just missed winning the Arkansas Derby in his last start is part of a full field of 14 in the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Other horses born in Virginia that have won the Preakness include Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Pleasant Colony (he won the Derby and the Preakness), Hansel and Hill Prince.

Here is the field in post position order:

1. Astrology (A. P. Indy x Quiet Eclipse by Quiet American) - Owned by Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton and trained by Steve Asmussen, Mike Smith.

2. Norman Asbjornson (Real Quiet x Merryland Missy by Citidancer) - Owned by Thomas McClay and Harry Nye and trained by Christopher Grove, Julian Pimental.

3. King Congie (Badge of Silver x Wise Ending by End Sweep) - Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Rom Albertrani, Robbie Albarado.

4. Flashpoint (Pomeroy x Two Punch Lil by Two Punch) - Owned by Peachtree Stables and trained by Wesley A. Ward, Cornelio Velasquez.

5. Shackleford (Forestry x Oatsee by Unbridled) - Owned by Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge and trained by Dale Romans, Jesus Castanon.

6. Sway Away (Afleet Alex x Seattle Shimmer by Seattle Slew) - Owned by Batman Stable, Philip Lebhert, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace and trained by Jeff Bonde, Garrett Gomez.

7. Midnight Interlude (War Chant x Midnight Kiss by Groom Dancer) - Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia.

8. Dance City (City Zip x Ballet Colony by Pleasant Colony) - Owned by the Estate of Edward P. Evans and trained by Todd Pletcher, Ramon Dominguez.

9. Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno x Ponche De Leona by Ponche) - Owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing and trained by Kathy Ritvo, Rajiv Maragh.

10. Dialed In (Mineshaft x Miss Doolittle by Storm Cat) - Owned by Robert V. LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, Juien Leparoux.

11. Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux x Dalicia by Acatenango) - Owned by Team Valor International and trained by H. Graham Motion, John Velazquez.

12. Isn't He Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect x Raciclada by Rictorious) - Owned by Kharag Stables and trained by Doodnaugh Shivmangal, Edgar Prado.

13. Concealed Identity (Smarty Jones x Richetta by Polish Numbers) - Owned by Linda Gaudet and Morris Bailey and trained by Eddie Gaudet, Sheldon Russell.

14. Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller x Joustabout by Apalachee) - Owned by St. George Farm Racing LLC and trained by John Shirreffs, Victor Espinoza.

The Preakness, second gem in horse racing's Triple Crown, will run Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico. Post time is 6:25 p.m. ET.

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