Medina Spirit, who gained the Kentucky Derby on Could 1 to present the coach Bob Baffert a document seventh victory within the race, was put in because the 9-5 morning-line favourite in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, regardless of practically not working in any respect after it was disclosed that he had examined constructive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, after the Derby.
Whereas officers in Kentucky awaited outcomes from a second pattern earlier than figuring out whether or not Medina Spirit’s Derby victory could be overturned, Preakness organizers on Tuesday introduced they’d let the colt run after Baffert and his lawyer agreed to expanded testing and monitoring of his horses in Baltimore.
Beneath, the Preakness horses are listed so as of publish place, with feedback by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Occasions. The morning-line odds have been set by Keith Feustle of Pimlico Race Course.
The best way to watch: Protection on Saturday begins on NBC Sports activities Community at 2 p.m. Japanese time and strikes to NBC at 5 p.m. Protection will even be streamed on NBC Sports Live.
Purse: $1.5 million assured
Distance: 1 3/16 miles
Observe document: 1 minute 52⅖ seconds (Farma Means, 1991)
Weight: 126 kilos
Submit time: 6:47 p.m. Japanese
Joe Drape’s win-place-show picks: Crowded Commerce, Danger Taking, Unbridled Honor
Melissa Hoppert’s picks: Midnight Bourbon, Live performance Tour, Medina Spirit
Right here’s how we see the sphere:
Coach: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. Odds: 30-1
Drape: A $375,000 yearling buy has but to dwell as much as his worth. Cross.
Hoppert: He gained his final two races, most just lately an allowance race on the Derby undercard, however not even a veteran coach might help this ridgeling make this large a leap.
Coach: Robertino Diodoro Jockey: David Cohen Odds: 15-1
Drape: Late-running type isn’t splendid for Pimlico.
Hoppert: He has gained solely as soon as in seven profession begins, however he turned in an improved efficiency within the Derby, ending seventh after beginning gradual and swinging large late.
3. Medina Spirit
Coach: Bob Baffert Jockey: John Velazquez Odds: 9-5
Drape: The Derby winner — possibly — has accomplished nothing however run quick. It’s a disgrace that he’s shrouded in controversy.
Hoppert: Controversy apart, he confirmed a variety of grit within the Derby when he refused to let his hard-charging rivals move him, and he has not completed worse than second in six profession begins.
4. Crowded Commerce
Coach: Chad Brown Jockey: Javier Castellano Odds: 10-1
Drape: Right here’s your winner. He has improved in every of his three begins.
Hoppert: This evenly raced colt has hit the board in all three of his races and has a high coach and jockey. However profitable this race looks like a tall activity.
5. Midnight Bourbon
Coach: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Odds: 5-1
Drape: One other who tries exhausting, however can be exhausting pressed to hit the board.
Hoppert: He was capable of muster a sixth-place end within the Derby regardless of a troubled journey and has hit the board in seven of eight begins. With the highest jockey in North America selecting up the mount, he must be a significant menace right here.
Coach: Michael McCarthy Jockey: Flavien Prat Odds: 12-1
Drape: He has been dealt with conservatively, however seems to be a reduce beneath the remaining.
Hoppert: He completed a recreation third within the Blue Grass however skipped the Derby in favor of the Preakness. One other high jockey will get the decision.
7. France Go de Ina
Coach: Hideyuki Mori Jockey: Joel Rosario Odds: 20-1
Drape: Two for 3 in modest races in Japan. Who is aware of?
Hoppert: This Kentucky-bred colt is predicated in Japan and completed sixth in his final race, the U.A.E. Derby in Dubai in March. Your guess is nearly as good as mine.
8. Unbridled Honor
Coach: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Luis Saez Odds: 15-1
Drape: Not wild about his closing type, however he can hit the board.
Hoppert: He completed second within the Blue Grass and would wish to enhance much more to hit the board right here.
9. Danger Taking
Coach: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz Odds: 15-1
Drape: This one completes the Chad Brown exacta. Be sure you field it.
Hoppert: The Wooden Memorial favourite turned in a head-scratching seventh-place end, however his coach is happy along with his progress since and is definitely taking a cue from his title in coming into him right here.
10. Live performance Tour
Coach: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith Odds: 5-2
Drape: This colt seems to be going the unsuitable method.
Hoppert: A 3rd-place end within the Arkansas Derby satisfied his connections to bypass the Derby for the Preakness. With Smith aboard, I’ll take my probabilities that he can return to his pre-Arkansas type, which included three straight wins, and a minimum of hit the board.