As of this writing, the Preakness Stakes field consists of twelve 3-year-olds ready to take a chance in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Four of them ran in the Kentucky Derby, while three earned a spot in the field with “Win and You’re In” victories. The other five entrants are horses that did not earn enough qualifying points to run in KD, but are now ready to take their shot at fame and fortune.
Since 2000, only four Winners of The Preakness did not run in the Derby: RED BULLET (2000), BERNARDINI (2006), RACHEL ALEXANDRA (2009), and CLOUD COMPUTING (2017). However, this will be the first year in that same time period that not one of the top three finishers from the Derby are racing in the Preakness.
Let’s take a look at the horses expected to run in the Preakness, along with their probable odds, trainers, and expected riders.
IMPROBABLE [ML: 3-1] Bob Baffert. Mike Smith.
WAR OF WILL [ML 7-2] Mark Casse. Tyler Gaffalione.
ALWAYSMINING [ML: 5-1] Kelly Rubley. Daniel Centeno.
BOURBON WAR [ML: 6-1] Mark Hennig. Irad Ortiz Jr.
OWENDALE [ML: 6-1] Brad Cox. Florent Geroux.
ANOTHERTWISTAFATE [ML: 10-1] Blaine Wright. Jose Ortiz.
WIN WIN WIN [ML: 10-1] Mike Trombetta. Julian Pimentel.
SIGNALMAN [ML: 15-1] Ken McPeek. Brian Hernandez Jr.
LAUGHING FOX [ML: 20-1] Steve Asmussen. Ricardo Santana Jr.
WARRIOR’S CHARGE [ML: 20-1] Brad Cox. TBA.
BODEXPRESS [ML: 30-1] Gustavo Delgado. TBA.
MARKET KING [ML: 30-1] D. Wayne Lukas. TBA.
The Post Positions for this years Preakness will be drawn on Wednesday, and actual Morning Line odds will be assigned as well. The Daily Racing Blog will then begin to take a closer look at this competitive field, and see if we can find some Value in what we hope is a race free of controversy.