Top Three From Kentucky Derby Heading to Preakness Stakes

American Pharoah captures the 2015 Kentucky Derby (Photo credit (

It looks as if the top three finishers of the Kentucky Derby (G1) will be heading to Baltimore to compete in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Two questions popped into my head immediately after American Pharoah won the Run for the Roses: First was what method was I going to use to replenish my wagering bankroll which took a hit on Saturday, and secondly, would trainer Bob Baffert really run Dortmund in the Preakness, hurting his chances at a Triple Crown?

Baffert did not seemed fazed on Sunday with the idea of running Derby third place finisher Dortmund back in two weeks. The stablemates have two different owners.

“As of right now, I don’t see why not,” Baffert said at a press conference on Sunday morning. “We’ll see how they train next week.”

“I’ll have to talk to Kaleem Shah (Dortmund’s owner),” Baffert said. “I’m sure he wants a little revenge.”

American Pharoah earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for his win. The colt won by a length over a stubborn Firing Line with Dortmund weakening late to finish third.

The only runner that made up any ground closing into a moderate pace was Frosted, who came from the back of the pack to finish fourth.

International Star, winner of the Louisiana Derby (G2) will miss the Preakness with a chip in his left front ankle.

2015 Kentucky Derby

It looks as if the top three from the Kentucky Derby will face seven or eight runners. The question is how many trainer Todd Pletcher elects to run.

He started three in the Kentucky Derby, Materiality (6th) Itsaknockout (9th) and Carpe Diem (10th) and it appears the undefeated Competitive Edge is being considered. That colt won the Pat Day Stakes (G3) on Derby Day.

It is unlikely Pletcher would start all four back on two weeks rest.

2015 Preakness Stakes (G1) Prospective Field and Early Odds

American Pharoah

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Record:  6-5-0-0   $2,830,300

Last race:  Kentucky Derby (G1) Won

Status: Probable

Early Odds: 6-5


Firing Line

Trainer: Simon Callaghan

Record: 6-2-4-0   $974,800

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 2nd

Status: Probable

Early Odds: 7-2



Trainer: Bob Baffert

Record: 7-6-0-1   $1,489,400

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 3rd

Status: Probable

Early Odds: 3-1



Trainer: Jose Corrales

Record: 11-3-1-4   $165,095

Last race: Federico Tesio Stakes Won

Status: Probable

Early Odds: 30-1


Divining Rod     

Trainer: Arnaud Delacour

Record: 5-2-1-2   $249,800

Last race: Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3) Won

Status: Probable

Early Odds: 20-1

Mr. Z    

Trainer:  D. Wayne Lukas

Record: 13-1-4-4   $652,226

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 13th

Status: Possible

Early Odds: 40-1


Danzig Moon    

Trainer: Mark Casse

Record: 6-1-2-0   $311,120

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 5th

Status: Possible

Early Odds: 15-1

Competitive Edge

Trainer:  Todd Pletcher

Record: 4-4-0-0   $417,280

Last race:  Pat Day Mile (G3) Won

Status: Possible

Early Odds: 15-1


Carpe Diem

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Record: 6-4-1-0   $1,518,900

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 10th

Status: Possible

Early Odds: 12-1



Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Record: 4-3-0-0   $656,028

Last race: Kentucky Derby (G1) 6th

Status: Possible

Early Odds: 10-1


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