The Washington Times - May 18, 2011, 07:08PM

BALTIMORE | For the most part, the conversation after Wednesday afternoon’s Preakness draw was positive. The great majority of trainers – like general managers after a draft – were thrilled with their post positions.

“The post is great,” Mucho Macho Man’s trainer, Kathy Ritvo, said of drawing No. 9. “Any place out there would have been perfect for me.”


Said Animal Kingdom trainer Graham Motion: “It’s great; I couldn’t be happier, really. I just would rather be on the outside than stuck down on the inside.”

It’s far more entertaining when a trainer offers a zinger or something unexpected. Take John Shirreffs, who trains Mr. Commons – the No. 14 horse on the far outside.

“It’s better than the 20,” he said, referring to being on the very far outside for the Kentucky Derby.

In a field of 14, however, it doesn’t get much worse. Well, except for being No. 1 (Astrology) or No. 2 (Norman Asbjornson). Astrology’s trainer Steve Asmussen wasn’t around to comment, but Norman Asbjornson’s Chris Grove said he and his colt will have to adjust.

“We wanted a little further outside, somewhere where we didn’t have to stand in the gate as long,” he said. “But we’ll have to deal with it right now, and he’ll have to deal with it.”

Below is the full field with post positions and morning line odds:

PP        Horse   Jockey Trainer Odds

1          Astrology        Mike Smith     Steve Asmussen          15-1

2          Norman Asbjornson    Julien Pimentel            Chris Grove     30-1

3          King Congie    Robby Albarado         Tom Albertrani            20-1

4          Flashpoint       Cornelio Velasquez     Wesley Ward  20-1

5          Shackleford     Jesus Castanon            Dale Romans   12-1

6          Sway Away    Garrett Gomez                        Jeff Bonde      15-1

7          Midnight Interlude     Martin Garcia  Bob Baffert     15-1

8          Dance City      Ramon Dominguez     Todd Pletcher 12-1

9          Mucho Macho Man     Rajiv Maragh  Kathy Ritvo    6-1

10        Dialed In         Julien Leparoux           Nick Zito         9-2

11        Animal Kingdom        John Velazquez           Graham Motion           2-1

12        Isn’t He Perfect          Edgar Prado    Doodnauth Shivmangal          30-1

13        Concealed Identity     Sheldon Russell          Morris Bailey  30-1

14        Mr. Commons Victor Espinoza          John Shirreffs  20-1