This Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore is the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, which is the second jewel in the Triple Crown racing series. An expected field of 12 of the top three-year old thoroughbreds are set to compete in the 1 3/16 mile run on dirt for a total prize purse of $1 million. The post time for the Preakness is slated for 6:05 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
The following is a brief look at our top favorites, contenders, and longshot for Saturday’s race.
This three-year old colt was the odds-on-favorite to win the Kentucky Derby at 4/1. Despite running one of the best races of his career he ended-up a length and half back in second-place after leading right out of the gate for most of the way. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Bodemeister did not run competitively as a two-year old but burst onto the scene with a second-place finish in the grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in early March and followed this up with an impressive victory in the grade I Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn.
I’ll Have Another 5/1
The winner of the Kentucky Derby will try and keep his Triple Crown hopes alive as the second-favorite to win the Preakness. With one of the most stunning and exciting come-from-behind victories in Derby History, this three-year old chestnut colt extended his current winning streak to three in major stakes races after winning the grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb.4 and the grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7. Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another first gained notoriety as a potential Derby contender in 2012 as a two-year old with a second-place finish in the grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar.
Went The Day Well 6/1
This three-year old colt finished just out of the money in the Kentucky Derby by taking fourth after rallying from 17th place way back in the pack of 20 contenders. His only major stakes race victory was in the grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 24. After spending the early part of his racing career in England, he was purchased by Barry Irvin as part of Team Valor and is now trained by H. Graham Notion and ridden by John Velazquez. Went The Day Well is always remains a threat to win and offers solid value at these odds given his proven ability to close gaps with his blazing speed down the stretch.
Creative Cause 8/1
Finishing right behind Went The Day Well in fifth place in the Kentucky Derby, this three-year old colt established himself as a legitimate contender to win the Preakness with solid closing speed as well. Trained by Mike Harrington and ridden by Joel Rosario, he amassed an impressive resume as a two-year old. Creative Cause won the grade I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. He opened the 2012 season with a victory in the San Felipe Stakes followed by a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby as part of his Derby prep race campaign.
Daddy Nose Best 20/1
This colt brought a two-race winning streak into the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the grade III El Camino Real Derby on Feb.18 at Golden Gate and a first-place finish in the grade III Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in late March. After a solid start from the 10th post, he got caught in the pack down the stretch to finish 10th at Churchill two weeks ago. Daddy Nose Best is trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Julien Leparoux. In light of this horse’s overall resume, he offers tremendous value in the Preakness with a much less crowded field.
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