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Preakness Picks 2011: Animal Kingdom The Early Favorite At 5-2

The first leg of the Triple Crown is in the books, and the now the attention of the racing world turns to Pimlico, where the Preakness Stakes will be held this weekend. If you're a betting man, which we shutter to condone on this website, let's take a look at some of the early odds for the top horses in the field, from Covers.com.

The early favorite is Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby. His odds are currently listed at 5-2.

Nehro led for much of the Kentucky Derby before Animal Kingdom overcame him in the home stretch. He ened up finishing second, and is now the second favorite to win the Preakness (see how that works?). His odds are listed at 5-1.

Dialed In was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, but he didn't live up to expectations and finished eighth. Now he is the third favorite for the Preakness and has 6-1 odds.

Mucho Macho Man, probably the best name in the field, is tied with Dialed In with 6-1 odds.