After winning the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom entered the Preakness as the early 2-1 favorite. He closed fast at the finish but placed second to Shackleford. How have other odds-on favorites fared at Pimlico over the past 35 years? SI.com takes a look.
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2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown entered the Preakness as a heavy 1-2 favorite and didn't disappoint. The three-year-old stunned the field with a 5 1/4-length victory, and it looked like he could have won by much more.
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After a win in the Kentucky Derby, Barbaro was a 1-to-2 favorite to win the Preakness. He finished ninth and suffered a career-ending and eventually life-ending injury on the track.
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The closest to a Triple Crown winner since Spectacular Bid in 1979, Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones won the Preakness too. With odds in his favor to win the Belmont, Smarty lost to a 36-to-1 longshot.
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A 3-to-10 favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby, Fusaichi Pegasus (center) finished second to Red Bullet (right) in the Preakness.
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Easy Goer may have taken second in the Derby, but oddsmakers gave him 3-to-5 odds at the Preakness. He finished second there too, behind Sunday Silence.
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A tough son of 1977 Derby and Preakness winner Seattle Slew, Swale was an 8-to-10 favorite to win the Preakness after a victorious Derby run. He came in seventh as Gate Dancer came away with the win.
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Derby winner and SI coverboy Spectacular Bid was a 1-to-10 favorite before winning the Preakness.
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Not only did Affirmed come through with a Preakness win, but also a Belmont victory to complete the Triple Crown.
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A 2-to-5 favorite, Seattle Slew won the Preakness on his way to winning the Triple Crown.
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Secretariat came through on 3-to-10 odds to win the Preakness en route to becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1948.
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