The Kentucky Derby winner isn't in the field for the Preakness. Neither is the horse that crossed the finish line first at the Run for the Roses and was then disqualified for interference.
That makes the field wide open for the Preakness, which will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday.
Country House, which won the Kentucky Derby, and Maximum Security, which was disqualified after appearing to win, are both not competing. But there are still some other strong horses in the field that should make this year's Preakness an exciting race to watch.
Entry List and Odds
War of Will 3-1
Bourbon War 8-1
Win Win Win 12-1
Warrior's Change 16-1
Laughing Fox 25-1
Market King 33-1
Odds via Oddschecker
Legendary trainer Bob Baffert had three horses in the Kentucky Derby, but he still missed out on a record-tying sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.
However, there's a solid chance that one of his entrants could rebound to win the Preakness. Improbable is the early betting favorite for the race after finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby.
Although there are several other horses that had solid showings at the Run for the Roses such as War of Will (finished seventh) and Win Win Win (ninth) in the field, it will be Improbable that avenges its Derby loss with a Preakness victory.
The colt looked impressive during a practice run at Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby, on Monday morning.
"He worked really easy, an easy half around there," Baffert said, according to the Baltimore Sun. "I didn't want to do too much with him. I just wanted to make sure that he still has a lot of energy."
Baffert's last two Preakness winners were Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015), both of which were Triple Crown winners. His last Preakness winner that hadn't won the Kentucky Derby was Lookin at Lucky in 2010.
Improbable won three races in 2018, but he has yet to win this year. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, he finished second at both the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. He is poised to break through for a victory this Saturday.
"He's really held his weight really well, especially for a horse who shipped twice to Arkansas and then came back here to run in the Derby," Baffert said, according to WBAL-TV. "That's what you want to see this time of the year. It looks like he's enjoying himself out there, so I don't see anything that would make me want to change my mind [about running]. We want to go up there and make sure he's hitting on all cylinders."
Which horses will compete with Improbable for the Preakness win? Expect War of Will and Bourbon War to be near the front of the field, but the favorite will run away late for the victory.