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Preakness 2011: Will Animal Kingdom win again?

Astrology, with exercise rider Carlos Rosas aboard. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

Which horse will win the Preakness?

Judging by most horse racing analysts, the race Saturday — if the end of the world doesn’t inconveniently intrude (and if it does, will Kegasus notice?) — will be Animal Kingdom. If you’re looking for an alternative, maybe it’ll be Dialed In.

The Post’s Andrew Beyer thinks Animal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derby winner, might just have the staying power to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, beating out Dance City. (Beware, Beyer warns, the front-runner at Pimlico.) Joe Drape of the New York Times says Animal Kingdon has “never run a bad race”and “looks fresh and resolute.” Steven Crist of the Daily Racing Form thinks Dialed In will pull the mild upset. He also likes Sway Away and King Congie. (The DRF’s full analysis is here.)

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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