A field of 13 will head to the starting gate on Saturday in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico led by the Bob Baffert trained Improbable.
Baffert is seeking a record eighth win in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. He won the race in 2015 with American Pharaoh and last year with Justify, both going on to win the Triple Crown. The Hall of Fame trainer is tied with R. Wyndham Walden for all time wins in the Preakness at seven.
Improbable crossed the wire fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and was placed fourth after the disqualification of Maximum Security for interference at the five-sixteenths mark.
Country House was awarded the controversial win but developed a cough and will miss the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Maximum Security is resting up at Monmouth Park for a summer campaign that may include the Haskell Invitational (G1) and the Travers Stakes (G1). At Saratoga.
Code of Honor and Tacitus, who were placed second and third I the Derby will also bypass the Preakness Stakes.
Three Others Exit Derby
We have three other Derby alum that are making the trip to Baltimore—War of Will, who was seventh, Win Win Win, who was ninth and Bodeexpress, who was placed 13th.
War of Will drew the rail and was installed as the second choice on the morning line at 4-1. The colt took the worst of the chain reaction bumping in the Derby. Tyler Gaffalione has the return call for trainer Mark Casse.
We have eight new shooters to the Triple Crown led by Anothertwistofate (6-1), who was second in the Sunland Derby (G3) and Lexington (G3) in his last two starts. Jose Ortiz will ride and break from post 12.
Alwaysmining is next on the morning line at 8-1. The Kelly Rubley trainee will break from the seven post with Daniel Centeno in the irons. The gelding has won his last six starts, taking the Federico Tesio at Laurel Park in his last outing by 11 ½ lengths.
The Preakness Stakes is one of nine stakes on a blockbuster 14-race card on Saturday. First post is 11:30am ET.
There are seven stakes on Friday’s card at Pimlico. The marquee event is the $250,000 Black Eyes Susan (G2) for three-year-old fillies that drew a field of nine. The George Weaver trained Point of Honor is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The filly was fourth in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in her last outing.
Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds
- War of Will, Tyler Gaffalione, 4-1
- Bourbon War, Irad Ortiz Jr., 12-1
- Warrior’s Charge, Javier Castellano, 12-1
- Improbable, Mike Smith, 5-2
- Owendale, Florent Geroux, 10-1
- Market King, Jon Court, 30-1
- Alwaysmining, Daniel Centeno, 8-1
- Signalman, Brian Hernandez Jr., 30-1
- Bodexpress, John Velazquez, 20-1
- Everfast, Joel Rosario, 50-1
- Laughing Fox, Ricardo Santana Jr., 20-1
- Anothertwistafate, Jose Ortiz, 6-1
- Win Win Win, Julian Pimentel, 15-1