Always Dreaming is 4-5 early favorite for Preakness


Lookin at Lee has received little attention at Pimlico Race Course this week and is a 10-1 underdog in the Preakness behind Always Dreaming, the 4-5 favorite in Saturday's race after outlasting Lookin At Lee by a mere 2 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs.

"Always Dreaming just wouldn't come back", Lanerie said. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday.

The storied race has plenty of traditions in keeping with its status as US racing's second biggest event after the Kentucky Derby.

Watching fans enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the backstretch during the popular and free "Sunrise at Old Hilltop" tours and get a chance to witness a close-up look at the Preakness horses and also interact with legends like Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is all part of what makes spending a morning at Pimlico on Preakness week such an enjoyable and memorable experience.

The showpiece at Pimlico race course in Baltimore follows the Derby as the second of US flat-racing's celebrated trio of early summer classics.

With only two weeks between the Derby and Preakness, much has been made of trainer Todd Pletcher's record on short rest. If Always Dreaming gets off to a good start, as usual, from post 4, Velazquez can choose between setting the pace and stalking.

Always Dreaming has surprised Pletcher in how quickly the dark bay colt bounced back from his 23/4-length victory in the Derby on May 6. Neither of the two horse racing legends have a win at the second Triple Crown race in their storied careers.

Blasi said the Preakness has traditionally had a faster early pace - in part because other horses are gunning for the Derby victor - and the weather on Saturday is expected to be dry and in the 70s. War Emblem went on to finish eighth in the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Sarava. "There's some other nice horses in this race".

His second-place finish seemingly impressed no one.

This is how trainers talk in the days leading to a race, of course. Velazquez is 0 for 7, with his best finish being second in 2011 aboard Kentucky Derby victor Animal Kingdom. He drew the No. 9 post.

Lookin at Lee, trained by Steve Asmussen, and Gunnevera and Hence, Derby seventh and 11th respectively, follow in the odds for the 10-horse field. "He ran a terrific race in the Kentucky Derby".

"With Super Saver, my concern was that the two-week turnaround was a little quick for him".

He's not high on Looking at Lee, whose sire won the 2009 Preakness. Or like Animal Kingdom in 2011. "Historically, I think the horses that have run well in the Derby run back well in the Preakness".

Notes: Orb started on the rail and was never in contention at the Preakness, which was won by Oxbow.

Always Dreaming will be aiming to win the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday Evening at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Notes: American Pharaoh won by seven lengths in the Preakness and then went on to finish first in the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown victor since Affirmed in 1978.