PREAKNESS STAKES 143 MEET THE FIELD: The 143rdedition of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 19thwith a field of eight three-year-old colts. Now that the post positions have been drawn, let’s meet the field that will do battle on Saturday. 2018 Preakness Stakes Lineup and Contenders.
- Quip (12-1 ML)
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Owner: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing
Career Earnings: $482,800
Pedigree: Distorted Humor – Princess Ash, by Indian Charlie
Career Record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 third
The Tampa Bay Derby (Gr. 2) winner skipped the Kentucky Derby and connections pointed him to this spot at Pimlico on Saturday after a runner-up finish to Magnum Moon in the Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1) at Oaklawn Park on April 14th. This will be the first Preakness entry for trainer Rodolphe Brisset, who only began training on his own in 2017 following a long tenure with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
- Lone Sailor (15-1 ML)
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Thomas Amoss
Owner: G M B Racing
Career Earnings: $334,237
Pedigree: Majestic Warrior – Ambitious, by Mr. Greeley
Career Record: 9 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 1 third
One of four Kentucky Derby entrants to make the quick turnaround and come back two weeks later to battle for the Preakness. The eighth place Kentucky Derby finisher did not break well at Churchill Downs, made a move on the second turn, but could not maintain that momentum down the muddy stretch run. A jockey change to Irad Ortiz is an upgrade over James Graham, but the Louisiana Derby runner-up will not be a threat to challenge in this field.
- Sporting Chance (30-1 ML)
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Robert Baker and William Mack
Career Earnings: $409,790
Pedigree: Tiznow – Wynning Ride, by Candy Ride
Career Record: 7 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third
This colt raced at Churchill Downs on Derby Day just two weeks ago, but did not have enough points to make the Kentucky Derby field and instead was entered in the Pat Day Mile (Gr. 3) where he made a late run to get up and complete the superfecta. The horse showed heart with a closing kick in his last race but does not appear to be fast enough to compete with this field.
4.Diamond King (30-1 ML)
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: John Servis
Owner: Cash is King, D.J. Stable and LC Racing
Career Earnings: $222,600
Pedigree: Quality Road– Akron Moon, by Malibu Moon
Career Record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 0 second – 1 third
The only time this colt has seen a field this talented was when he was entered in the Kentucky Jockey Club (Gr. 2) at Churchill Downs in November 2017. Unfortunately, he clipped heals and tossed the rider on the first turn so we are unable to gauge if he can compete with horses of this class. The jockey change to Castellano is an upgrade over Frankie Pennington, but Pennington has been the rider for all six previous starts (4 wins) making the jockey change by Servis a questionable move.
5.Good Magic (3-1 ML)
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables
Career Earnings: $2,255,000
Pedigree: Curlin – Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun
Career Record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 1 third
The Kentucky Derby runner-up gave it his all, but could not pass Justify who had a perfect trip. He appeared to tire in the stretch at Churchill Downs and was almost caught by a hard charging Audible for the second position. He has done nothing wrong in his short career hitting the board in all six previous starts, but his best did not seem good enough to get him past Justify, and coming back on just two weeks rest does not seem to fit his race pattern.
- Tenfold (20-1 ML)
Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds
Career Earnings: $124,200
Pedigree: Curlin – Temptress, by Tapit
Career Record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 second – 0 third
This colt did not run his first race until February 9thof this year, so like Justify he was not raced as a three-year-old. Unlike Justify, he does not have multiple Grade 1 wins in his career. The Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1) at Oaklawn Park was his only Stakes experience and he stayed just off the pace set by winner Magnum Moon. He has improved in each of his starts, and has had five weeks of training since his last start. Trainer Steve Asmussen has not won the Preakness since Rachel Alexandra in 2009, but he may have a contender in Tenfold.
- Justify (1-2 ML)
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm
Career Earnings: $2,098,000
Pedigree: Scat Daddy – Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper
Career Record: 4 starts – 4 wins – 0 second – 0 third
The Kentucky Derby champion lived up to the pre-race hype and now looks to continue on the road to the Triple Crown battling an eight horse field in the Preakness. A favorable draw on the outside of a short field should allow him to get to the front right out of the gate and at that point jockey Mike Smith will be able to dictate the pace of the race. The forecast for Baltimore calls for rain pretty much straight through Saturday’s race, but Justify has won a race on a muddy track, as well as the Derby on a track listed as sloppy so it should have no effect on his race. This appears as more of a workout leading up to the Belmont for the favorite.
- Bravazo (20-1 ML)
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Calumet Farm
Career Earnings: $436,528
Pedigree: Awesome Again – Tiz O’Gold, by Cee’s Tizzy
Career Record: 9 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third
The second Lukas trainee in this field finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby as he appeared to tire in the late stretch and was passed by some late runners. What was impressive was his ability to work his way up to fourth with Justify and Good Magic after being bumped out of the gate on Derby Day. He was the betting favorite in the Louisiana Derby (Gr. 2) at Fair Grounds on March 24thcoming in off a victory in the Risen Star (Gr. 2), but never seemed to find his stride that day and finished a disappointing eighth. The bounce back in the Kentucky Derby is impressive and this colt may surprise on Saturday.
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2018 Preakness Stakes Predictions and Odds
2018 Preakness Stakes Predictions and Odds (143rd “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”) from expert horse racing handicapper Marco D’Angelo: Direct from Las Vegas, WagerTalk.com TV host Ralph Michaels @CalSportsLV and Marco D’Angelo @MarcoInVegas look at the Preakness odds and give their predictions and picks on the 143rd annual Preakness Stakes horse race scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.