PREAKNESS PROFILE: MAX PLAYER
The Steve Asmussen-trained Max Player will have Paco Lopez aboard in the Preakness. He’s 15-1 on the morning line and will leave from post number eight.
A winner twice in six starts, he earned his top win in the Grade 3 Withers back in February. Most recently he was fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.
Why He Could Win
- Max Player (15-1) – George Hall & SportBLX Thoroughbreds/ Steve Asmussen/Paco Lopez
- Race record: 6: 2-1-2, earnings of $463,500
Has run decently in last three against G1 company, when third in the Belmont and Travers and fifth in the Kentucky Derby…
Quick pace of the Derby left him a lot to do late, and he ran on willingly enough while improving position…
Is a graded winner, having scored easily in the G3 Withers in February…
Gets jockey Paco Lopez up in effort to move him closer to the early action and, in the eight-hole, is drawn better than in Louisville when he left from the rail…
Why He Could Lose
He was bested by two of today’s rivals — Authentic and Mr. Big News — in the Kentucky Derby and must find a way to turn tables…
Best Beyer figs slightly below others in here, so improvement a must…
While he hasn’t run badly in recent races, he’s never really been a threat to win them, either…
Has tried Grade 1 company three times with a best outcome of third and beaten at least five in all of them…
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What They’re Saying About Him
Max Player has worked twice since the Kentucky Derby. The first of those was a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00 1/5 September 21 at Churchill Downs, and most recently was a half-mile work September 29.
“He had a long layoff before the Belmont, but then he’s had a robust campaign since,” owner George Hall said. “What’s most important to us is that he stays healthy and has a good 4-year-old and hopefully 5-year-old career. We didn’t really think there was negative toward running in the Preakness that would affect his long-term prospects as a 4-year-old. We’re pretty excited about what he’s going to do be doing in the future, too.”
“He’s an extremely impressive horse and I think he’s doing really well,” trainer Asmussen said. “His work [September 21] was excellent. His gallop-out was huge. He came out of it in very good shape, went back to the track with a whole lot of energy. Very exciting horse at the right time.”
Video Past Performances
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