Triple Crown: Filly Favored in Preakness

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Triple Crown: Filly Favored in Preakness
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There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner in horse racing since 1978, and it appears unlikely that we will see one this year either.

Derby winner, Mine That Bird, who won the Run for the Roses on an off track, as a 50-1 favorite, is the third choice in the 13-horse field for the Preakness at 6-1.

It is filly Rachel Alexander, who won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths, that is listed as the top choice at 8-5.  The talented daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is trying to become the first filly to win the Preakness since Nellie Morse in 1924. She drew post No. 13. Dating back to the 1909 Preakness, the first edition for which post position information is still available, no winner has ever come from post 13, although the race has only had 13 or more starters 11 times in that span and only three times in the last ten years.

“We were extremely pleased,” new co-owner Jess Jackson said. “That gives her a fair chance to stay out of trouble.”

Jackson, along with Harold T. McCormick, purchased the filly one day after her blow-away performance in the Oaks.

Jockey Calvin Borel rode both Rachel Alexander and Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs and has opted to go with the lady in this one. It is not often that you seen the jockey jump off a Derby winner, and that has led to Mike Smith to have one of the choicest pick-up mounts in Triple Crown history.

Derby runner-up Pioneer of the Nile drew post nine and is the 5-1 second choice on the morning line.

The Derby featured a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, and if the weather forecast for Saturday in Baltimore holds true, it could be a similar scenario at Pimilco. Rain is in the picture for the next few days and scattered thunderstorms are forecast, with highs in the low 80s for the Preakness card.

 

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Morning-line odds

1.

Big Drama

David Fawkes

John Velazquez

10-1

2.

Mine That Bird

Chip Woolley

Mike Smith

6-1

3.

Musket Man

Derek Ryan

Eibar Coa

8-1

4.

Luv Gov

D. Wayne Lukas

Jamie Theriot

50-1

5.

Friesan Fire

Larry Jones

Gabriel Saez

6-1

6.

Terrain

Al Stall Jr.

Jeremy Rose

30-1

7.

Papa Clem

Gary Stute

Rafael Bejarano

12-1

8.

General Quarters

Tom McCarthy

Julien Leparoux

20-1

9.

Pioneer of the Nile

Bob Baffert

Garrett Gomez

5-1

10.

Flying Private

D. Wayne Lukas

Alan Garcia

50-1

11.

Take the Points

Todd Pletcher

Edgar Prado

30-1

12.

Tone It Down

William Komlo

Kent Desormeaux

50-1

13.

Rachel Alexandra

Steve Asmussen

Calvin Borel

8-5

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