Sizing up the Field for the 2017 Preakness Stakes

Most would agree that the Kentucky Derby field was varied with no clear favorite. Literally any horse in the field of 20 could have taken the race. Of course, going into the Preakness, Always Dreaming will be the favorite, but there are several new faces as well. Several Derby starters including Irish War Cry will not be starting in the Preakness.

With such massive fan interest and larger than normal betting pools than the average horse race, those who did their research can make nice returns by betting on the Preakness Stakes online. Here’s a quick look at some of the other names to watch going in to the 2nd leg of the 2017 Triple Crown series of horse races.:

  • Always Dreaming, the Derby winner, resumed his regular training schedule after arriving at Pimlico. Even on a sloppy track, Pletcher was very pleased with the colt’s morning work the first day. Always Dreaming will not have a timed work before the Preakness, but galloped and schooled the gates on the morning of the 14th.
  • Classic Empire jogged a lap and galloped a lap at Churchill Downs Saturday. Trainer Norman Casse said the colt was real aggressive and is showing signs he’s happy and healthy.
  • Cloud Computing worked a half-mile breeze in :48.85 at Belmont May 13th. The colt posted the second fastest work out of 32 at the distance. Unraced as a juvenile, the colt has just 3 starts with his last race a third in the Wood Memorial.
  • Conquest Mo Money will be fresh in the Preakness arriving the 14th. While the colt did earn enough points to run in the Derby, owner McKenna opted not to start him. The leading New Mexico owners for $8,500 from the Conquest Stables dispersal sale in November.
  • Gunnevera finished 7th in the Derby, but Lukas felt the colt needed a second chance after the sloppy Derby track. He had a light quarter mile work and will have an easy jog Monday.
  • Hence placed 11th in the Derby. Trainer Asmussen said that Hence came out of the Derby well, but didn’t run hard enough to be tired. He was “pretty overwhelmed” by the experience though.
  • Lookin at Lee will have an easy half-mile workout before going to Pimlico.
  • Multiplier will bring new blood to the Preakness. Multiplier is the winner of the Illinois Derby, covering the 1 1/8th miles in 1:47.98. Trained by Brendan Walsh, the colt worked at Keeneland on Monday over a half mile at an easy :50 3/5.  
  • Royal Mo is officially scratched from the Preakness. He sustained an injury to his right front in his final workout May 14th. Jockey Gary Stevens pulled him up just after the quarter pole after hearing a loud pop. Stevens held the colt’s leg while they waited on the ambulance to come get him.
  • Another new face is Senior Investment. The colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Monday at Keeneland. His Trainer McPeek commented that he’s “consistent” and “on his game right now.” Senior Investment is the winner of the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3).
  • Term of Art is coming out of Santa Anita Park where he worked six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 Saturday. He is trained by Doug O’Neill, owned by Calumet Farm and a son of Tiznow. He most recently finished 7th in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and is winless in his four starts this year.

With a smaller field than the Derby and several fresh horses, it will be interesting to see how this field stacks up for the Preakness Stakes on May 20th! Will Always Dreaming have what it takes to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown?

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