OffTrackBetting.com - The second jewel in the 2017 Triple Crown - the G1 Preakness Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, Mat 20 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the best three year olds around will be featured when they takes to Pimlico's dirt track and race 1 3/16 miles for the winner's portion of the $1.5 million purse.
A strong field of 10 have been confirmed for the Preakness Stakes - race 13 on Pimlico's stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 6:48 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 10 entries for the intriguing second jewel of this year's Triple Crown.
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2017 Preakness Stakes Entries at Pimlico Race Course
Always Dreaming 4-5 - Todd Pletcher trained colt has placed in all six career starts - four terrific wins, a second and a third place finish. He enters on a four race win streak - The Kentucky Derby with ease last time out two weeks ago, the G1 Florida Derby in his stakes debut at Gulfstream April 1, an Allowance Optional Claiming March 4 and a maiden score at Tampa Bay January 25 - all four in dominant fashion. Always Dreaming has looked untouchable during his four race streak, has been poised in works leading up to this weekend and looks ready for another good run here. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride the obvious favorite from gate 4.
Classic Empire 3-1 - Mark Casse trained Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old colt was very good in his first two career starts - two wins - in the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes with an impressive 105 Beyer Speed Figure July 2 and a maiden score at first asking May 4 - both results at Churchill Downs . He followed that with a very disappointing DNF as favorite after losing his rider in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga September 5 but bounced in a huge way with a good win in the G1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland October 8. He followed that with another impressive win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a slightly disappointing third in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream February 4 and yet another terrific bounce-back statement win in the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park April 15. Last time out was a bit of a step back - a disappointing fourth in the Kentucky Derby after a poor start and traffic in the slop. Classic Empire now has five wins and a third place finish in eight career starts against some top fields, has shown a knack of producing terrific wins after disappointing efforts and could be a good bet for the biggest win of his life Saturday - with Julien Leparoux guiding him from post 5.
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Lookin At Lee 10-1 - impressive Steve Asmussen trained colt finished fifth in his debut but has looked good in nine starts since. Last time out was a respectable second behind Always Dreaming in the G1 Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago which followed a third behind Classic Empire and Conquest Mo Money in the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park April 15, a sixth in the G2 Rebel Stakes on that track March 18, another third in the G3 Southwest Stakes there February 20 and a fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November. He also posted a good second in the G1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland October 8, another second in the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs September 17 and a good win in the minor Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes August 8. Lookin At Lee has been competitive but looks for his first win overall since August with Corey Lanerie guiding him from post 9.
Cloud Computing 12-1 - will hit the track for just the fourth time for trainer Chad Brown having posted a nice win in his first career start February 11, a respectable second with a 96 Beyer Speed Figure, over seven lengths clear of third in the G3 Gotham Stakes March 4 and a decent third last time out in the G2 Wood Memorial Stakes April 8 - all results at Aqueduct. Cloud Computing has looked good in his three starts so far and hopes to keep the momentum going Saturday with Javier Castellano guiding him from gate 2.
Gunnevera 15-1 - has four wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 10 career starts for trainer Antonio Sano. Last time out was a seventh in the G1 Kentucky Derby two weeks ago after a third in the G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream April 1 and a nice victory on that track in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes March 4. Before that was a respectable second behind Irish War Cry and ahead of Classic Empire in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream February 4 and another a terrific win by 5 3/4 lengths in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot November 19. He's also had a good eye-opening win with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in the G2 Saratoga Special August 14. Gunnevera has won three graded stakes races in his career and hopes to find his early season form Saturday. Mike Smith has the mount from gate 6.
Conquest Mo Money 15-1 - Miguel Hernandez trained colt has five career starts with three nice wins and two runner-up finishes. He enters on the heels of consecutive seconds - behind Classic Empire the G1 Arkansas Derby last time out at Oaklawn Park April 15 and in the G3 Sunland Derby March 26. Before that were wins in the minor Mine That Bird Stakes by an easy two lengths February 26, in the minor Riley Allison Stakes January 29 and in a MSW January 6. Conquest Mo Money has been in every race so far but will be chasing a first graded stakes score in his third try with Jorge Carreno aboard from the outside gate 10.
Hence 20-1 - Steve Asmussen trained colt has two wins, a second and a third place finish in his seven career starts. Last time out was a pedestrian eleventh in the G1 Kentucky Derby May 6 after a nice upset win in the G3 Sunland Derby March 26 and a disappointing seventh in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park February 20. Before that he posted a maiden score on that track January 16 and a second, a third and a seventh respectively in MSW races to start his career. Hence has been just OK so far in his career and hopes to channel his Sunland Derby form from post 3. Florent Geroux is scheduled to ride.
Multiplier 30-1 - highly regarded colt has four career starts for trainer Brendan Walsh and has placed in all - two wins, one second and a third place finish. He made his stakes debut last time out and won the G3 Illinois Derby in impressive fashion at Hawthorne April 22 after a maiden score March 18, a second February 18 and a third in his debut January 21. Multiplier has improved every time out and hopes to build on a nice two race win streak Saturday. Joel Rosario will be in the saddle from the rail.
Senior Investment 30-1 - Kenneth McPeek trained colt has eight career starts with three wins and a third place finish. He arrives off a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland April 15. That result followed a sixth in the G2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds April 1, an Allowance Optional Claiming score February 18 and a seventh in a similar race to start his year. Senior Investment has been a tad inconsistent but off a nice, confidence-building win could be a factor Saturday. Channing Hill will be in the irons from gate 8.
Term Of Art 30-1 - Doug O'Neill trained colt has placed in five of nine eight starts - two wins, a second and three third place finishes. He enters off a disappointing seventh in the G1 Santa Anita Derby April 8 after an OK third in the G2 San Felipe Stakes March 11, a fourth in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here February 4, a disappointing fifth in the G3 Sham Stakes here January 7 and a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar November 27. Before that was a ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a maiden score on this track October 8. Term Of Art has been inconsistent so far and hopes for a second graded stakes score and to snap a four race losing streak. Jockey Jose Ortiz will try to accomplish that goal from post 7 Saturday.
2017 Preakness Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 13 on Pimlico's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:48 PM.
|1||Multiplier||30-1||Joel Rosario||Brendan Walsh|
|2||Cloud Computing||12-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|3||Hence||20-1||Florent Geroux||Steven Asmussen|
|4||Always Dreaming||4-5||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|5||Classic Empire||3-1||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|6||Gunnevera||15-1||Mike Smith||Antonio Sano|
|7||Term of Art||30-1||Jose Ortiz||Doug O'Neill|
|8||Senior Investment||30-1||Channing Hill||Kenneth McPeek|
|9||Lookin At Lee||10-1||Corey Lanerie||Steven Asmussen|
|10||Conquest Mo Money||15-1||Jorge Carreno||Miguel Hernandez|