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Randy Brungard: A look ahead at the 142nd Preakness Stakes

19 Mai 2017

Horse racing's second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Saturday.

Pletcher added the colt had been aggressive and hard to handle during training prior to the Kentucky Derby, so he chose to send him to Baltimore three days after the Derby to relax while being prepped for the Preakness. The last horse to achieve the feat was American Pharoah, thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown victor, in 2015. I had zero questions about Chrome or Pharoah by this stage.

And Pletcher thinks his charge is perfectly poised to this weekend keep alive the hope that he can achieve the Triple Crown.

"We're running because we think he's the best horse", Casse said. Lookin at Lee's braided mane flopped back and forth as the Derby runner-up was under a very snug hold coming off the far turn.

That closing speed could have played well in the Belmont Stakes, but I'll Have Another unfortunately didn't get a chance at a Triple Crown shot due to a bout of tendonitis. "I think he's his own person and he was going to be good if he never met me".

"I know Todd's got a significant amount of confidence that we're going to show up on Saturday", Finley said of Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, "and I feel the same way". "Tank seems full. He seems eager to go". Always Dreaming has totaled $2,284,700 in earnings, while Classic Empire is the second-leading money earner at $2.2 million in his career.

Classic Empire likely will be the second choice behind Always Dreaming, owing to his overall form - including being the 2-year-old male champion of last year - combined with a brutal trip in the Derby. The Derby victor is an even stronger choice in the Preakness when he was the favorite in the Derby.

Rick Snider from the Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate cautions not to overthink betting strategies and roll with Always Dreaming to win the race.

"For me, he is better than he was before the Derby, stronger", Sano said yesterday.

The morning after Always Dreaming's relatively easy Derby victory this year, Pletcher was upbeat about following a road he had not successfully traveled with Super Saver. Morning-line favorite Classic Empire was fourth and Practical Joke fifth. "It was really good I was able to tell my partner it makes no sense financially, it's nearly absurd, and the guy said I'm in", reminisced Finley.

Hence, with Florent Geroux, will move first as the horses enter the stretch, drawing alongside Always Dreaming for about eight strides. That was kind of our goal there; to save some horse and come running at the end.

If you want to challenge the favorite - and who needs a $3.60 win payoff? But it's pretty much the same scenario.

Hence (Street Boss) quietly snuck back through the backstretch as the media got the latest on Always Dreaming during Pletcher's daily press conference adjacent the Stakes Barn at 8:10 a.m. Pletcher is a trainer that likes giving horses adequate rest between races. He's taken on everything you could throw at him.

There is a sharp decline in odds after the co-favorites, and should either Always Dreaming or Classic Empire finish in the top two, it would mostly be consistent with recent history. Maybe he's that good that he won't encounter trouble. "Until they get in the heat of the battle, you don't know whether they've got that extra reserve". That's a flawless scenario for Lookin at Lee.

Before 1931, the Preakness had been run on every day of the week but Sunday.

Randy Brungard: A look ahead at the 142nd Preakness Stakes