The Kentucky Derby is a recent memory, but trainer Doug O’Neill wasted no time in registering his colt I’ll Have Another in the Preakness Stakes. However, questions remain as to whether or not the second place horse, Bodemeister, will join the party.
According to the Preakness Stakes' official site, both of Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby contenders, Bodemeister and Liason were listed as pending within hours of the Derby run. However, that changed a few days later and while Bodemeister remained on the list of potential contenders, Liason, who finished sixth in the Derby, was dropped.
Well, guess what, horse fans?
Liason is now back on the list, though still pending. Could this mean Bodemeister will race in a bid to redeem himself? Only Baffert and his team know the answer, though the fact Liason is back on the list is indeed curious.
As of now, there are 14 horses on the roster, with only six confirmed. They include the Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another, Well Went The Day and Optimizer who finished the race in fourth place and 11th place respectively. Hansen remains on the pending list and Creative Cause switched position from confirmed to pending.
A newcomer to Grade racing is Zetterholm, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr.. Dutrow also trained Big Brown, who won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2008. Teeth Of The Dog and Tiger Walk have also confirmed their attendance.
With less than a week to the race, it remains a mystery as to which horses will actually run for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. For now, I’ll Have Another rests comfortably in a barn at Pimlico waiting for O’Neill to quietly hum a lullaby - perhaps Maryland, My Maryland.