Ten Entered in Preakness Stakes
Always Dreaming drew post 4 and was made the 4-5 morning line favorite in the 10-horse field for Preakness 142 this Saturday.
Post time for the Preakness Stakes is estimated to be at 6:48 p.m ET.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming (pictured with exercise rider Nick Bush at Pimlico) will represent the ownership group of MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz Stable, Teresa Viola Stable, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds.
His quest: to become the 36th horse to capture both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, then become the 13th Triple Crown winner. But first things first.
“I think it is fine,” Pletcher said of the post. “He was four in the Florida Derby and five in the Kentucky Derby. He’s generally a very good horse away from the gate. We’ll just come away and try to establish some position and see what some other horses are doing.
“He’s done great here,” Pletcher added. “He’s training forwardly, aggressively, manageably — everything we would like to see.”
Among Always Dreaming’s nine rivals are four of his foes from the Kentucky Derby: Classic Empire (next door in post 5), the morning line’s second choice at 3-1, Gunnevera (post 6), Hence (post 3) and Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee (post 9).
The other five entries — Cloud Computing, Conquest Mo Money, Multiplier, Senior Investment and Term of Art — will make their first start in a Triple Crown race.
The Preakness will be run as the 13th race on a 14-race program First post is 10:30 a.m., and doors open at 8:00 a.m.
The 1 3/16-mile Preakness is the centerpiece of nine stakes on Saturday, totaling $2.65 million in purse money. Sharing the card with the Preakness, among others, is the $250,000 Longines Dixie, $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette Stakes and $150,000 Maryland Sprint.
Friday’s card is highlighted by the 93rd running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Maryland’s premier event for 3-year-old fillies. It's part of a 14-race program that features six stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million, including the $300,000 Xpressbet Pimlico Special, $150,000 Allaire DuPont and $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness. First post is 11:30 a.m.
Friday’s racing action will be complemented by the return of the Ultimate Girls Day Out, an entire afternoon dedicated to the spirit and strength of women.
“We’re looking forward to an incredible weekend at Pimlico Race Course of world-class racing and entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “Racing on both Friday and Saturday will feature competitive fields, guaranteed pools and Always Dreaming’s attempt to win the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown in the 142nd Preakness Stakes.
“Along with our world-class racing over two days, we’ll play host to another extraordinary Budweiser InfieldFest headlined by Sam Hunt and special guest Zedd, as well as the Ultimate Girls Days Out. The Stronach Group continues to rejuvenate Maryland racing and reimagine the racing experience with first-class service, dining and entertainment. We look forward to a memorable weekend.”
Other infield entertainmnet are pop-punk award-winning and multi-platinum artist Good Charlotte, LOCASH, Preston Brust and High Valley.
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