KENTUCKY DERBY – MEDINA SPIRIT
PREAKNESS STAKES – May 15
BELMONT STAKES – June 5
The draw for the 146th Preakness Stakes, originally scheduled for May 10, has been pushed back a day by the Maryland Jockey Club.
The Maryland Jockey Club has adopted a wait-and-see posture towards the possibility of Medina Spirit’s running in the Preakness.
- Medina Spirit - Derby winner "came out of the race well," trainer Bob Baffert says.
- Concert Tour - Baffert trainee was undefeated until third in the Arkansas Derby, skipped Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Sunday morning at Churchill. Confirmed for the Preakness.
- France Go de Ina - Japan-based runner, trained by Hideyuki Mori, was sixth in the UAE Derby after a flat-footed start. He's scheduled to fly to Los Angeles May 5 and to Baltimore two days later.
- Rombauer - Mike McCarthy trainee, an automatic qualifier by virtue of his win in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, finished a well-beaten third in the G2 Blue Grass. Confirmed for the Preakness.
- Crowded Trade - Chad Brown trainee ran third in the G2 Wood Memorial won by 72-1 Bourbonic, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Brown is pointing Crowded Trade to the Preakness.
- Risk Taking - Brown is also pointing G3 Withers Stakes winner to the Preakness. He was seventh as the favorite in the Wood Memorial.
- Midnight Bourbon - 2020 G1 Champagne Stakes winner, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, finished sixth in Kentucky after a wide journey. Confirmed for the Preakness.
- Ram - The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of American Pharoah, a winner of two straight, is confirmed for the Preakness.
- Unbridled Honor - Todd Pletcher trainee, second in the Lexington, breezed a half mile in 49 4/5 seconds Saturday at Churchill Downs and is confirmed for the Preakness.
- Keepmeinmind - Seventh-place finisher from the Kentucky Derby is expected in Baltimore.
France Go de Ina, the Japan-based Preakness contender, arrived at Pimlico Saturday evening to begin final preparations.
Medina Spirit, tested positive for betamethasone after winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert said – which could lead to disqualification.
The deal that will lead to a new Pimlico — and a new Laurel Park — came together through skill, courage – and more than a little bit of good luck.
Willful Woman, a winner of two of her last three starts, will try hunting bigger game in Friday’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Crowded Trade, Risk Taking, and Unbridled Honor – all New York-based runners from powerful barns – had their final pre-Preakness moves Saturday.
Lady Traveler is Grade 3-placed but still in search of her first stakes win, which trainer Dale Romans hopes will come in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan.
Withers winner Risk Taking, seventh as the favorite in the Wood Memorial, will make his next start in the Preakness, trainer Chad Brown said.
Midnight Bourbon, a rallying sixth in the Kentucky Derby, will face the starter in the May 15 Preakness, trainer Steve Asmussen said.
Trainer Brad Cox said today he would not start either Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun or Arkansas Derby runner-up Caddo River in the Preakness.