The Triple Crown efforts of Always Dreaming continue as Preakness 2017 approaches, with the Kentucky Derby winner attempting to make history on Saturday, May 20.
The colt will battle Irish War Cry and Classic Empire for the title in Baltimore as he tries to stay on track to capture the legendary U.S. Triple Crown.
The race is due to start at 6:45 p.m. ET at the Pimlico Race Course.
Here is the confirmed field:
|Preakness 2017: Top Contenders and Field|
|Irish War Cry||11-2|
|Lookin At Lee||11-1|
|Battle of Midway||11-1|
|Conquest Mo Money||16-1|
Three horses stand out as the top contenders, but Always Dreaming is likely to be the unanimous race-day favourite at Pimlico.
Classic Empire was fancied by many at the Kentucky Derby but finished fourth after a turbulent ride.
There is no doubting the potential of Classic Empire, but Irish War Cry was a stronger mover as Always Dreaming romped to victory, and punters will be pairing them up as this race's potential winners.
XBTV provided footage of Always Dreaming, who has spent time in Baltimore preparing for the race:
Always Dreaming settled into his draw reins during his morning gallop then stood in the gate @PimlicoRC for the @PreaknessStakes. https://t.co/I2UlstA5ak2017-5-14 18:00:48
Practical Joke is the long-odds outsider for the win, currently standing at 18-1 to cause a complete shock.
However, the form of the favourite gives outsiders little chance, with Always Dreaming's talents wide-reaching.
He is a horse that has prevailed in multiple weather and track conditions, and his nature was evident at the Derby as he remained completely focused during the Run for the Roses.
Irish War Cry and Classic Empire are both impressive horses, but it is questionable if they can beat the three-year-old that claimed such an impressive victory over them both.
Classic Empire's focus simply doesn't match the Kentucky Derby champion, but he has the raw pace to contend until the winning post if conditions do not upset his preparations on the day of the race.
The Preakness is slightly shorter than the Derby, offering the field a chance if they can reach top speed early in the battle.