The Washington Times - May 11, 2011, 12:06PM

ELKTON, Md. | The Preakness draw is still a week away, and while we might not be any closer to narrowing the possible field for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, one major horse is a step closer to the race.

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom arrived in Maryland late Tuesday afternoon and had his first (light) workout for the Preakness on Wednesday morning at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton.


Trainer Graham Motion is based out of Fair Hill in northern Maryland very close to the Delaware border, but Animal Kingdom is here for the first time in his young life. He arrived at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and was on the track for a short time Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. Motion is expected to jog the horse at the same time for a few days.

Animal Kingdom will try next Saturday to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1998. He and jockey John Velazquez won the Derby as a 21-1 long shot last week.