Baffert, Zito ready for second shot in Preakness

May 19, 2011 - 3:30 PM
Preakness Horse Racing

Preakness Stakes hopeful Midnight Interlude gets a bath outside the Stakes Barn at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Thursday, May 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Bob Baffert and Nick Zito like their positions heading into the Preakness.

Their horses, Midnight Interlude and Dialed In, each had excuses after failing to win the Kentucky Derby, and both Hall of Fame trainers know how to come back and win the Preakness.

Baffert did it last year, when Lookin At Lucky finished sixth as the beaten favorite in the Derby before rebounding two weeks later to win the Preakness.

It's been a lot longer since Zito won in Baltimore, although he's just as eager for a rematch with Animal Kingdom in Saturday's Preakness.

Animal Kingdom's Derby victory was just the third win — and first on dirt — of his career. As a result, he's hardly scared away the competition at Pimlico, with a full field of 14 horses set to run 1 3-16 miles.