Review of Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18

The Preakness Stakes is run on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race is at distance of 1 3/16 miles on dirt. 

First run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland governor after a winning colt at Pimlico. The race has been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susan’s” because a blanket of yellow flowers altered to resemble Maryland’s state flower is placed across the withers of the winning colt or filly.

Race 13. Preakness Stakes,(GI). For three-year-old at 1 3/16 miles on dirt. Purse $1,500,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse 4/1
2 Bourbon War Irad Ortiz, Jr. Mark A. Hennig 12/1
3 Warrior’s Charge Javier Castellano Brad H. Cox 12/1
4 Improbable Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert 5/2
5 Owendale Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox 10/1
6 Market King Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas 30/1
7 Alwaysmining Daniel Centeno Kelly Rubley 8/1
8 Signalman Brian  Hernandez, Jr. Kenneth G. McPeek 30/1
9 Bodexpress John R. Velazquez Gustavo Delgado 20/1
10 Everfast Joel Rosario Dale L. Romans 50/1
11 Laughing Fox Ricardo Santana, Jr Steven M. Asmussen 20/1
12 Anothertwistafate Jose L. Ortiz Blaine D. Wright 6/1
13 Win Win Win Julian Pimentel Michael J. Trombetta 15/1

Improbable was the Kentucky Derby favorite. He established a nice early position in the Derby, he ran into traffic in the stretch and finished with a  rally, 3 1/4 lengths behind the winner. He should be forwardly placed and have a better trip than in the Derby. He’s likely to be the favorite again. He should finish in the top three.

War of Will  had a rough trip in the Derby. He was forced out and had to be checked up at the 5/16th pole. For much of the early going, War of Will was under strong restraint from his rider without running room along the inside. He did come up a bit empty down the stretch. He needs to flash back to his performances in the Risen Star (G2) and the Lecomte (G3). He should be running late down the stretch. He has a chance of be on the board.

Alwaysmining has won six races in a row at Laurel Park while gradually increasing his distance from seven furlongs to his most recent victory going 1 1/8 miles in the Frederico Tesio. In the Tesio, he was able to rate and stalk the early pace, but the results were the same as in his front-running wins with yet another open-lengths victory. His last five wins came in stakes races, but he has yet to try graded company. He has a chance of be on the board. 

Bourbon War won the Fountain of Youth (GII) and was closing fastest of all to finish less than a length behind Code of Honor who went on to run second in the Kentucky Derby. In the Florida Derby (GI), the pace was slower, and he could not out kick the field. There appears to be plenty of speed in here. He needs a fast pace to have a chance of being on the board.

Owendale won the Lexington (GIII) on the Derby trail. The 20 points were not enough to get him into the Derby, but his victory over the favorite Anothertwistafate was noteworthy. He is one of several late runners in the Preakness who should get a favorable pace to lead into their closing move.  He should finish in mid – pack.

Anothertwistafate won in the El Camino Real Derby. In the Sunland Derby (GIII), he sat behind the early pace in his dirt debut and rallied to finish second. His final attempt to make the Derby field came he finished second  in the Lexington. He should not be overlooked in here because of his combination of speed and the ability to rate off the leaders. He has a chance of be on the board. 

Win Win Win  has been on the board in all of his starts, except for the Kentucky Derby. In the Blue Grass (GII), he finish second and next was the  Derby. He showed little on the sloppy track. He needs a fast pace to have a chance of being on the board.

Signalman in the Blue Grass, was asked to stay in contention with the pace setters. He likes to run off the pace and make one big closing move. He needs a fast pace to have a chance of being on the board.

Laughing Fox won the Oaklawn Invitational. He ran wide and showed a late closing move and against a speed bias. He finished in the Rebel (GII) and then fourth in the Arkansas Derby (GI). He is not at the same level as the top horses in this field. He will not be a factor at the wire.

Warrior’s Charge has one allowance win after needing four tries to break his maiden. He has speed and will be forwardly placed. He is not at the same level as the top horses in this field. He will not be a factor at the wire.

Market King broke his maiden in February at Oaklawn Park. He set the early pace in Omaha Beach’s division of the Rebel (GII) and finished third. He was then 11th in the Blue Grass. He has speed and will be forwardly placed. He is not at the same level as the top horses in this field. He will not be a factor at the wire.

Bodexpress is a maiden who in the Derby finished 14th. He is not at the same level as the top horses in this field. He will not be a factor at the wire.

Everfast best race came when rallying for second in the Holy Bull (GII). Since then, he hasn’t hit the board in three starts. He is not at the same level as the top horses in this field. He will not be a factor at the wire.


Our Top Three Picks:

  • Improbable
  • War of Will
  • Anothertwistafate

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