The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday June 19th, and following I’ll Have Another’s surprise win at the Kentucky Derby, everyone is on the lookout for the long-shot who can surprise at Pimlico. Here’s a breakdown of the unheralded horses that can surprise at the Preakness.
Teeth of the Dog
Teeth of the Dog will make his Triple Crown debut at the Preakness Stakes after missing the Kentucky Derby. The horse has an impressive track record, finishing in the money in all four starts, including a third place finish to Kentucky Derby horses Gemologist and Alpha. A lightly raced horse, Teeth of the Dog enters the Preakness fresh. He has the speed to contend, and with a smaller field, he could shock the world.
Daddy Nose Best
Following a tenth place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Daddy Nose Best is looking to turn things around at Pimlico. He struggled at Churchill Downs after getting bogged down in traffic, finishing in 2:01.83. A horse with multiple wins on its record from different lengths, Daddy Nose Best has the potential to shock during the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Creative Cause is coming off an impressive Kentucky Derby, finishing in fifth place just barely behind the top horses. With I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister receiving the lion’s share of attention, Creative Cause is flying under the radar. Creative Cause has beaten both horses before, and with the closing speed he demonstrated during the Kentucky Derby, he could win the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
With a smaller field then normal for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, there is potential for an underdog to shock the field. All of the aforementioned unheralded horses have the necessary speed, and have the potential to provide a massive surprise.