Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom came out of his second-place finish in Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico tired, but otherwise in good shape and will be under strong consideration to run back in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Apart ($4.40), the favorite, prevailed under jockey Garrett Gomez after a prolonged stretch battle, covering 1 1/16 miles on a fast, but dull, main track in 1:43.70. Icabad Crane was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.
Robby Albarado, who was taken off eventual Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom the day before the race, has picked up the mount on King Congie for the $1 million Preakness on May 21, a race in which he will face Animal Kingdom at Pimlico.
Churchill Downs was the primary training grounds for the Preakness, with a remarkable nine of the 12 starters having prepared here, including the top six finishers in the Pimlico classic last Saturday.
Vindy City returned from a four-month layoff ready to roll, putting away Argent Affair in midstretch and easily holding off Imanheiress for a one-length victory in Friday's $51,200 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. had enough confidence in Acting Happy to run her in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico even though the 3-year-old filly was twice beaten in the first-level allowance level.
Kent Desormeaux has read and heard the criticism regarding his perceived lack of effort at the end of the Kentucky Derby aboard Paddy O'Prado, who finished third. The Hall of Fame jockey feels like it's unjustified.
With Rachel Alexandra slated to run against the boys in Saturday's $1 million Preakness, Friday's $150,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico offers seven 3-year-old fillies a terrific opportunity to win a graded race.