Post positions were just drawn for this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore.
Here’s what we have with each horse’s latest accomplishment:
- Multiplier (Illinois Derby winner)
- Cloud Computing (3rd behind Irish War Cry in the Wood Memorial)
- Hence (11th Kentucky Derby)
- Always Dreaming (Winner Kentucky Derby)
- Classic Empire (4th Kentucky Derby)
- Gunnevera (7th Kentucky Derby)
- Term of Art (7th Santa Anita Derby)
- Senior Investment (Winner Lexington Stakes)
- Lookin At Lee (2nd Kentucky Derby)
- Conquest Mo Money (2nd behind Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby)
Royal Mo who was also eligible for the Derby sustained a fracture during his final work for the Preakness this past Sunday. He had surgery Monday and is recovering. Unfortunately, he will never race again.
Most everyone, myself included, believes that the race will be between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire and they couldn’t have drawn more favorably for that matchup to take place. The key will be that no one lets Always Dreaming get loose on the lead because it’s unlikely he’ll back up much to the field particularly if he gets a sizable lead. The expectation is that Classic Empire will stalk and then attempt to overtake him. And that’s not to say that Always Dreaming will necessarily take the lead. There’s a fair chance that Conquest Mo Money or another horse will.
The smaller field will allow for a fairer test and at this moment the forecast for Baltimore on Saturday is nearly perfect–partly cloudy and 70 degrees.
There have also been a couple of jockey changes. Javier Castellano is off Gunnevera to ride Cloud Computing, a horse to which he was previously committed. “Big Money” Mike Smith will take the ride on Gunnevera Saturday.
Beyond that there’s not much more news. I’m looking forward to the race and expecting a big effort from both Always Dreaming and Classic Empire. Classic Empire is my pick and I also think Conquest Mo Money (son of Uncle Mo, sire of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist ) will hold on to hit the board. Hoping for a fun, safe race.
Post time is 6:45 on NBC.