The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown is set for Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver is among the 12-horse field, reduced by one when Derby Trial winner Hurricane Ike pulled out earlier this week due to injury.
Ike’s absence will change the pace a bit.
"I think it could've changed the pace complexion. He'd be one of the horses that would've been involved early,” said Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.
Four other Derby holdovers will make a run at Calvin Borel and Super Saver and try to halt their chances at going to Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line.
Who has the best shot to steal the spotlight from the Derby winner?
The post positions play into our thinking here. But also, there is more room to run here for some of the horses that were bothered by the Churchill Downs traffic.
We are taking Northern Giant and First Dude out of the mix. I just don’t see any scenario where these two are in play. That’s tough to say especially about Northern Giant, a Lukas product.
Here are your top 10 contenders this week.