The post positions for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes are set. An 11-horse field—headlined by Kentucky Derby one-two finishers I'll Have Another and Bodemeister—will take the track on May 19th for the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
I'll Have Another took the first jewel of the crown, and will once again have to go catch Bodemeister if he is to win the $1 million race and keep his Triple Crown dreams alive.
The Preakness is just slightly shorter than the Derby at 9.5 furlongs, but the defections of some horses under consideration earlier in the week make this a totally different race than what it was shaping up to be.
Bodemeister ran a sensational race at the Derby. Even after he blazed through the splits, he was only caught by the eventual winner, I'll Have Another.
If the Derby were at the 9.5 furlongs of the Preakness, Bodemeister would have won by a neck. But we all know it is not and history is being written by I'll Have Another.
He will have to go catch Bodemeister once again, but there are also nine other highly capable contenders. Derby runners Went the Day Well, Creative Cause, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer, and the five new shooters Cozzetti, Pretension, Teeth of the Dog, Tiger Walk and Zetterholm will all present additional challenges.
The Preakness will be the 11th race on a 13-race card that begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. Post time for the Preakness is listed as 6:18 p.m. ET, and it will be televised live by NBC as part of a two-hour telecast beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Let's take a quick look at predictions for each of the 11 horses and information about their connections, post positions and morning-line odds.