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2011 Preakness: Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Animal Kingdom Best Bets

The most recent look at the numbers for tonight’s 136th Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course reveals some surprising results for those looking for good betting odds. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom somehow stands at the top of those best bets as many still believe in Dialed In, the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. As ESPN’s Lane Gold says, "It is not surprising that the Derby winner has floated up from his 2-1 morning line, but the fact that he is the second choice is amazing. If you believe the he is the “real deal”, then you are currently getting great value."

Next up is Mucho Macho Man, who has earned over $600K in total earnings from nine races. That’s a sign of just how consistent this steady and versatile horse can be. He’s never finished worse than fourth and placed third in the recent Kentucky Derby, so if you can bet him at 6-1, that represents a good call.

Finally, Shackleford is another best bet candidate at 12-1. The Colt has won two races and finished fourth at the Derby, earning over $300K over its lifetime. Gold writes, "Despite running a very gutsy fourth in the Derby after leading nearly the whole way, he remains at 12-1.