Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Preakness Stakes post-position draw announced

Preakness Stakes post-position draw announced

Pletcher's second Kentucky Derby victor, Always Dreaming, will seek the trainer's first Preakness win and take the next step toward thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. He broke his maiden in December at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, and two months later he won an allowance race at Oaklawn before jumping to the Louisiana Derby, where he was off the board. Post time is set for approximately 6:45 p.m. Here's a look at the Sports Interaction horse racing odds and some picks. Pensive's son (Ponder) and grandson (Needles) also won the Kentucky Derby.

"He's been training great for a long time now and he continues to show us the same things he showed us leading up to the Derby", Pletcher said.

If Always Dreaming and jockey John Velazquez win Saturday, next up would be the Belmont Stakes on June 10. At left is Lookin at Lee, with jockey Corey Lanerie. A $2 Exacta paid $336.20 (US) and a $1 Trifecta $8,297.20 (US).

Classic Empire, labeled a "bad boy" by his connections, had refused to participate in scheduled workouts on a few occasions during the winter but was a most willing participant in the Derby in the face of extreme adversity. "Both horses were traveling well and came out of the Derby in good shape".

A repeat of the sloppy track that greeted horses at the Kentucky Derby seems unlikely on Saturday as forecasts are predicting for warm, dry weather in Baltimore. "You don't have 20 horses, you don't have a bunch of horses that don't belong in the race", Casse said.

Scott Blasi, assistant trainer for Steve Asmussen, talks about the two Preakness Stakes entrants, Lookin' At Lee and Hence, following the post position draw at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. American Pharoah swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont two years ago, ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Mine That Bird was the 50-1 upset victor of the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Always Dreaming drew the No. 4 post position for the Preakness, which attracted a field of 10 3-year-olds, including Classic Empire, who was rated second in the morning-line at 3-1 after drawing Post No. 5.

Thirteen winners have started from the No. 4 post, most recently Curlin in 2007.

Although he turned in an improved effort in winning the Lexington, that race did not draw the cream of the 3-year-old crop, and his victory might not have come at all if the third-place finisher in the Lexington, No Dozing, had not experienced a rough trip that seemingly cost him more than the neck he was beaten.

It has been the Derby winners and, to a lesser degree, losers in the Derby who have fared best.

Among the new runners, Cloud Computing has the shortest odds at +1200 and starts from Post 2. In the racetrack's spring meet of 1873, the 3-year-old stakes race was named after him and the rest is history. The last victor of the Preakness without having raced at age 2 was Curlin.

Four of Always Dreaming's rivals are back to take him on in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"If we can't win, I hope he does".

"He got to the eighth pole, and I said, 'All right, buddy, it's time to ease up, ' " Bush said.

Although his highest Beyer Speed Figures, a 93 for a second in the Arkansas Derby and a 91 for another runner-up finish in the Sunland Park Derby, are moderate at best, the form from the Arkansas Derby held up in Louisville. Conquest Mo Money was second to Classic Empire at the Arkansas Derby.

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