Preakness Profiles: Signalman

by | May 18, 2019 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Triple Crown Trail


Signalman gallops. Photo by Lauren King.

#8 Signalman (30-1)

Why he COULD win the Preakness: The Kenny McPeek trainee is a Grade 2 winner who is Grade 1-placed, which gives him perhaps a class edge on many of these. He doesn’t have the speed (or inclination) to be in front early, but he’s shown enough tactical ability that he ought to be in touch early, and with several of these who want to be forwardly placed, he might find himself in a nice spot on the course off the leaders. He’s making his third start of ‘19 here and owns the right to improve.

Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Preakness: Quite simply, he’s just not fast enough: his career-best Beyer is 88, and he’ll need to improve about 10 points to be in the mix against these. He couldn’t make much headway last out in the Blue Grass against the leader, which was no surprise, given the overwhelming speed bias that day. Of more concern: he also couldn’t hold off late-running Win Win Win, who got the nod for second.

Signalman File

  • Record: 7:2-2-2
  • Key Wins: G2 Kentucky Jockey Club
  • Breeding: General Quarters-Trip South, by Trippi, bred in Kentucky by Monticule
  • Trainer: Ken McPeek
  • Owner: Tommie M. Lewis, Steve Crabtree, et. al.
  • Jockey: Brian Hernandez

Video Past Performances


4/6/2019Blue GrassKeeneland3
3/2/2019Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park7
11/24/2018Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill Downs1
11/2/2018Breeders’ Cup JuvenileChurchill Downs3
10/6/2018Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland2