Las Vegas, NV - The second jewel in the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes in on tap for Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland this Saturday, May 16. A group of three year olds will be out to knock American Pharoah off his perch when they line up and go 1 3/16 miles on Pimlico's dirt track for a purse of $1.5 million.
A field of eight have been confirmed for the Preakness - race 13 on Pimlico's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 6:18 PM - it will be broadcast on NBC. Here is a peek into the past performances of all eight entries for this prestigious and lucrative Triple Crown Grade 1 stakes.
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American Pharoah 4/5 - Bob Baffert will send out the champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah for the seventh time having posted five wins in six career starts - the only blemish coming in his debut. He enters on a five race win streak - all graded stakes. Last time out was a statement win in the Kentucky Derby which followed wins in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby by an incredible eight lengths April 11, in the Graded 2 Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths in March, the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes September 27 and a terrific 4 3/4 length win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 3. American Pharoah will be looking to claim the second jewel and to throw his hat in the mix to be the first Triple Crown winner in decades -most like his chances! Victor Espinoza will get the return call from the rail aboard the overwhelming morning line favorite.
Dortmund 7/2 - finished a respectable third last time out in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert - his first loss in seven career starts. He started with six straight victories including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 4 after a 1 1/4 length gate-to-wire win in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes March 7, an incredible rally win in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes February 7, the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 7 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs November 29 and a 4 3/4 length maiden score in his debut - at Santa Anita November 2. He has been competitive every time out and will try to get back in the winner's circle Saturday while at the same time ruining his stablemate's aspirations. Martin Garcia will be in the saddle of the morning line second choice from post 2.
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Firing Line 4/1 - Simon Callahan trained colt made his stakes debut December 20 and finished a close second behind Dortmund in the Grade 1 Los Alamito Futurity after a 6 1/2 furlong maiden score by 4 1/4 lengths in his second career start - at Del Mar November 30. Last time out was a good second behind American Pharoah and ahead of Dortmund in the Kentucky Derby. That result followed a nice win in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby and another respectable second - behind Dortmund in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita February 7. He has been in there with the best so far in his career and has fared very well - two wins and four seconds in six career starts. Gary Stevens will be aboard from the outside gate 8 as the third betting choice.
Divining Rod 12/1 - races for the sixth time for trainer Arnaud Delacour and is coming off a good win in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes April 11 which followed a third behind Carpe Diem in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby March 7, a good second in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes in January and a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming December 26. He broke maiden at first asking - at Laurel Park November 21. Divining Rod has placed in all five career starts - competitive every time out and should be again this weekend. Javier Castellano will get the call from post 7 at 12/1 odds.
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Danzig Moon 15/1 - broke maiden February 7 in his third career start in impressive fashion for trainer Mark Casse - at Gulfstream after a second and a fourth respectively in a pair of MSW races. Last time out was a respectable fifth in the Kentucky Derby which followed a good second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland April 4 and a fourth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby March 7 - his graded stakes debut. He looks for his first stakes score Saturday with Julien Leparoux guiding the 15/1 fifth choice from gate 4.
Bodhisattva 20/1 - has placed in eight of 11 career starts for trainer Jose Corrales and enters off his first stakes win - the minor Fredrico Tesio Stakes on this very track April 18. Before that was an OK second in the minor Private Terms Stakes March 21 and a pair of fourths in minor stakes action at Laurel Park to start his year. Bodhisattva has one graded stakes start - a fifth in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes back in November. He looks to build on a career best effort Saturday from gate 6 with Trevor McCarthy in the reins at 20/1.
Mr. Z 20/1 - has just one win in 13 career starts for trainer D. Wayne Lukas but has finished third in four of his last six starts including two back in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. He did have an ugly ninth three starts back in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and was thirteenth last time out in the Kentucky Derby but was in contention is his three stats prior. Mr. Z also had a respectable fifth in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile. He has a win, four seconds and four third place finishes in 13 career starts but looks for his first win since his debut. Corey Nakatani has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Tale of Verve 30/1 - Dale Stewart trained colt has six career starts with a win, a second, and two third place finishes. He races in stakes company for the first time Saturday after finally breaking maiden in his seventh career start April 23. Tale of Verve makes his leap up in competition with Joel Rosario in the irons from post 5 as the longest shot in the field.
2015 Preakness Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 13 on Pimlico Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:18 PM.
|1||American Pharoah||V. Espinoza||B. Baffert|
|2||Dortmund||M. Garcia||B. Baffert|
|3||Mr. Z||C. Nakatani||D. Lukas|
|4||Danzig Moon||J. Leparoux||M. Casse|
|5||Tale of Verve||J. Rosario||D. Stewart|
|6||Bodhisattva||T. McCarthy||J. Corrales|
|7||Divining Rod||J. Castellano||A. Delacour|
|8||Firing Line||G. Stevens||S. Callaghan|