Preakness Facts: Opening day at Pimlico Race Course in 1870 featured the Dinner Party Stakes that was won by a horse named Preakness.
Pletcher added the colt had been aggressive and hard to handle during training prior to the Kentucky Derby, so he made a decision to send him to Baltimore three days after the Derby to relax while being prepped for the Preakness. If we cant win, I want Always Dreaming to win because this sport is so important to me.
"The problem was that he was trying to buck with the draw reins on", Pletcher said. But I don't know if he is good enough to beat Always Dreaming.
Pletcher "had" to run just one Derby horse in the Preakness. "Right now he looks like he's very, very happy".
Finding the correct strategy and sticking to it during the race may be the key factor for Always Dreaming and any of his nine rivals.
Picks: 1. Always Dreaming 2. He has never been worse than second early routing on and he figures to be in similar territory Saturday.
But the odds are against Always Dreaming. The Kentucky Derby was run on a sloppy track.
Multiplier will break from the rail. "And we sure didn't change our minds because of the results of the Derby". At left is Lookin at Lee, with jockey Corey Lanerie.
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Chad Brown-trained Cloud Computing will start from the No. 2 post as a surprising 12-1 fourth choice in the morning line. He's in the good hands of Chad Brown and that is an endorsement it itself. He took a huge hit from one of his competitors after the gates opened up, and he had to steady himself as the race got underway. The sophomore was wide in his last race when beaten by Irish War Cry in the Wood Memorial. So far, though, it seems as though everything is going his way. His dam earned nearly $250,000 and if you delve into the blood, Halo America becomes visible.
With his horse straddling the ideal line between composed and raring to go, he has repeatedly asserted his confidence this week. He did run well when he shipped to Sunland but some may not have adored that surface. It says here Classic Empire will bounce back from his nightmarish trip in the Derby and spoil Always Dreaming's Triple Crown hopes. He was undefeated until second-place finishes in the Sunland and Arkansas derbies. The runner has been aggressive in his gallops at Pimlico and seems to have taken to the surface. Too often, a great horse gets knocked around in the chaos of the start, unable to recover. He can rebound if he gets an unscathed journey. 6, Antonio Sano. 7, Doug O'Neill. This youngster has already repaid his $16,000 purchase price. He drew the No. 9 post. He has conceded double digit lengths in his last three races and that is never simple to overcome.
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The two best horses in the Preakness will be eyeball to eyeball coming out of the starting gate. Lexington Stakes victor Senior Investment is also 30-1, starting from the No. 8 post. The Derby is a colossal eruption of athleticism and sound, the one day on the racing calendar when 20 horses jostle for position into the first turn like power forwards scrambling to rebound that last shot. He drilled 5 furlongs in 1:00 2/5, the best of 23 at the distance.
It is a different deal with the Preakness. Lookin At Lee finished second in the Derby. The runner has proven to be a bargain. Dismiss notions Conquest Mo Money might steal the race as the only other early speedster.
Classic Empire has had a fairly light campaign this year, but it has been eventful.
"He's had a lot of things thrown at him, and he continues to fight back".
It might have been better if we had drawn outside of Conquest Mo Money, who has a ton of speed and will break from post 10. If he guns hard and makes the top that will be okay since Always Dreaming can sit second and still produce. "We just want a fair shot at him", Classic Empire trainer Mark Casse said.