2010 Preakness Stakes Preview & Predictions
Ready for the 2010 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico? With the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown, the 136th Kentucky Derby in the books we’re now onto race 2. Here’s a look at the top horses in this year’s Preakness Field.
Date: Saturday, May 15th
Location: Pimlico Racetrack, Baltimore MD
Post Time: 6:15 P.M. (EST)
TV Network: 5-7 p.m. EDT NBC
Last 5 Winners
|2009||Rachel Alexandra||Calvin Borel||1/3/2016||01:55.1||$1,100,000|
|2008||Big Brown||Kent Desormeaux||1/3/2016||
|2005||Afleet Alex||Jeremy Rose||1/3/2016||01:55.0||$1,000,000|
This Saturday, May 15th the second leg of this year’s Triple Crown; the Preakness Stakes will be run at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. Post time is scheduled for 6:15 P.M.
The Preakness is a grade I stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $1,000,000.
It is contested on a dirt track over a distance of 1 3/16th mile.
The field is limited to 14 entrants and as of now it appears that only a few horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby on May 1st have opted to enter this race. This opens the door for quite a few new faces to get their shot at glory on Saturday.
While actual odds for the Preakness have yet to be posted, it is expected that Derby winner Super Saver, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by jockey Calvin Borel will most likely go off as the odds-on-favorite in this race. He has continued to train in Kentucky this past week and will be shipped to Pimlico on Tuesday to finish his training there.
Trainer Bob Baffert has announced that he plans to run this year’s Derby favorite, Lookin at Lucky in the Preakness as well. Starting from the first gate at Churchill with 6-1 odds, he could only manage a sixth place finish in the Derby. Garrett Gomez will not be his jockey in this race, but look for Martin Garcia to possibly get the call.
Expect Lookin at Lucky to be the second favorite in the field.
A few other horses that ran in the Derby and are expected to race this Saturday are Paddy O’Prado, Dublin, and Jackson Bend. Paddy O’Prado could have the best odds out of this group as he turned in a solid effort at Churchill, finishing third; a neck behind second place finisher Ice Box. He is trained by Dale Romans and will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux.
Dublin is another horse to watch come post time. Trained by D. Wayne Lucas, he is coming off a seventh place finish in the Derby. With a smaller field and a slightly shorter distance, do not be surprised if Dublin garners some shorter odds as well.
A few of the horses that did not run in the Derby but are expected to run in the Preakness include Aikenite, Hurricane Ike, Pleasant Price, and Schoolyard Dreams. Aikenite is also trained by Pletcher and should be ridden by Javier Castellano. After finishing eighth in the Bluegrass Stakes, Pletcher opted to hold him out of the Derby in order to train for this race instead.
Hurricane Ike, who is trained by John Sadler could be an interesting long shot possibility given his recent victory the Derby Trial at Churchill on April 24th.
At the time, he did not have enough graded stakes race earnings to qualify for the Derby so Sadler decided to run him in the Trial.
With a veteran like Borel aboard, I look for Super Saver to capture his second leg of the Triple Crown with the win followed by Dublin and Hurricane Ike.
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