Preakness profiles: Fellowship
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In our Preakness profiles, we look into each of Saturday’s Preakness contenders.
WHO IS FELLOWSHIP?
Fellowship won at first asking in May of his two-year old season in a 4 ½ furlong race at Gulfstream Park. His only other win to date came in the state restricted Florida Sire In Reality Stakes last fall at Gulfstream Park. Fellowship has finished in the money in eight of his 12 career starts, with all races other than his maiden win being in stakes company. In his last outing, he managed a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile, contested two weeks ago on the undercard of the Kentucky Derby. Fellowship is winless in five starts this year, although he has placed third in the Grade 2 Holy Bull, the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, and the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT FELLOWSHIP
“I think that Fellowship is doing really well. He came out of the Pat Day Mile with good energy and he’s really been full of himself in the morning,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. Mark Casse noted, “he’s a super talented horse. He has a tremendous stride. I think he has a high cruising speed. He doesn’t get tired.”
WHY HE COULD WIN
In a race with plenty of early speed, Fellowship’s late running style may be an advantage when the gates open. With 12 starts, Fellowship is the most experienced in the field and his last five races have been in graded stakes. His connections have obviously thought highly enough of him to keep spotting Fellowship so ambitiously.
WHY HE COULD LOSE
Fellowship is winless in the five starts of his three-year old season, with four of those defeats coming in graded stakes company. Two other Preakness contenders, Nyquist and Awesome Speed, have beaten him handily in prior match-ups. Additionally, Fellowship’s speed figures are far below what is needed to compete against this field. With only a maiden and restricted stakes win to date, a win here appears to be beyond Fellowship’s current ability.[su_box title=”FELLOWSHIP FILE” style=”glass”]
- Trainer Mark E. Casse
- Owner Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
- Jockey Jose Lezcano
- Bred in Florida by Jacks or Better Farm
- Breeding Awesome of Course, out of Go Girlfriend Go by Demidoff
- Record 12-2-3-3, earnings of $574,715
- Career highlights: third place finishes in the G2 Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth and the G1 Florida Derby. Morning line odds 30-1
- Morning line odds: 30-1[/su_box]