Always Dreaming drawn four of ten in Preakness Stakes

  • Always Dreaming drawn four of ten in Preakness Stakes

Always Dreaming drawn four of ten in Preakness Stakes

Pletcher has won Eclipse Awards seven times as the nation's leading trainer, including four in a row. That colt earned Pletcher his first Derby victory before finishing eighth in the Preakness.

With that achievement, though, comes a new challenge. Last Saturday, the only Saturday between the Derby and Preakness, Terry and Debbie Finley, along with family and friends, watched Derby videos and relived the moment at Terry's sister-in-law's home in Yardley, just the other side of Route 1 from the Oxford Valley Mall and Sesame Place.

Good luck, and enjoy the race! The 2016 Kentucky Derby victor finished third from the No. 3 post with Cherry Wine taking second from the No. 1 spot.

Pletcher exudes far more pre-Preakness confidence than he did in 2010, when he brought his first Kentucky Derby victor, Super Saver, to Pimlico.

The smaller field hopefully will produce a cleaner race than the Derby, in which several horses - including Preakness runners Classic Empire and Hence - were compromised.

Neither Pletcher nor Velazquez has won the Preakness - Always Dreaming will be only the ninth horse Pletcher has run in the race - and that drought continues. Despite being named Trainer of the Year seven times and boasting two Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winners, Pletcher has never trained a Preakness victor. "We're just trying to keep it as simple as possible. And the horses are peaking". His biggest win was in the G3 Illinois Derby in a time of 1:47.98 - the second fastest in the race's history. An extreme inside or outside post can doom a contender before the starting gate ever opens. "You do have some later-arriving ones on the scene, like Bernardini".

Whether Gunnevera (Dialed In) wants a Classic distance or not remains to be seen, but for what it's worth, the GII Fountain of Youth S. victor has exhibited a bit more bounce to his step in his mornings in Baltimore than he did leading up to the Derby. The odds favor Pletcher in spite of his poor record in short turnarounds, as ten of the last twenty Derby winners went on to also win the second leg of the crown.

Classic Empire has drawn the No. 5 post and is the early 3-1 second choice for the 1 3/16-mile race after grinding out a fourth-place finish at Churchill Downs. "Now he has a legit chance to win (the Preakness)".

Were you aware that only two of the 12 Triple Crown champions - War Admiral in 1937 and Count Fleet in 1943 - went undefeated during their 3-year-old campaigns? "If he thinks he's running, he'll sit back".

It's Preakness week, so Pimlico Race Course is adorned with fresh flowers, coated in bright paint and filled with the anticipation that comes with hosting the state's biggest sporting event of the year. "We just want a fair shot at him", Classic Empire trainer Mark Casse said.

Trainer Kenny McPeek led out the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. hero and Hence, a disappointing 11th in the Derby, quickly followed suit while being ponied to the track by Steve Asmussen assistant trainer Scott Blasi. Classic Empire also got creamed at the very start of the race when the horses outside in the auxiliary starting gate all came over and knocked Classic Empire and a few other into the core of the crowd.

Gunnevera, Lookin At Lee, and Hence all have raced four times this year, as has Always Dreaming. "I thought he had a very enthusiastic, strong, contained gallop". There was trouble everywhere in the Derby except where Always Dreaming was running. "You're on top of the world". Although both courses use the same dirt, Pimlico's surface is firmer which allows horses to get better traction. BloodHorse regrets the mistake.