He won the Illinois Derby in a head bob over Midnight Hawk. It was a gritty effort for this horse. Departing, last year's wise-guy horse heading into the Preakness, won the Illinois Derby. While Departing didn't amount to much in the Preakness, Dynamic Impact will aim to reverse that trend.
The Tampa Bay Derby winner was scratched from the Kentucky Derby with a fever in the week leading up to the race. He won the Tampa Bay Derby by getting loose on the lead and then drawing clear of the field.
He beat Vinceremos that day, and Vinceremos then finished 14th in the Blue Grass Stakes and 17th in the Kentucky Derby. Those results don't exactly validate Ring Weekend's Tampa Bay Derby win. Still, he's trained by H. Graham Motion, who always demands respect.
According to Motion, Ring Weekend is "50-50" for the Preakness, per the official website.
Pablo Del Monte
Pablo Del Monte had a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby, but his trainer opted to skip since he'd have a lousy post position.
He finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes behind Dance With Fate and Medal Count, the sixth- and eighth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby. Pablo Del Monte worked a blazing six furlongs in 1:10.80 at Keeneland and has his trainer, Wesley Ward, all kinds of happy.
“We’re so excited, we can’t even stand ourselves,” Ward told Pimlico's media department. “Yeah, I’m going. I’ve already booked the flight for my horse on the Wednesday before the Preakness.”
Ride On Curlin
Ride On Curlin got an unfavorable trip in the Kentucky Derby, but that was all right, according to his trainer, Billy Gowan.
"He looks good," Gowan said, per Preakness.com. "It was just bad racing luck, bad post position. But he's one tough horse. You've got to be proud of him. When he did get clear, he did come running, so that's all you can ask, really.''
As it stands, Ride On Curlin is a strong possibility for the Preakness. If his jockey Calvin Borel retains the mount, that will give Ride On Curlin a winner in the saddle. Borel won the Preakness in 2009 aboard Rachel Alexandra. Ride On Curlin's sire, Curlin, won the Preakness in 2007.