Demling was all over Always Dreaming before the eventual Derby victor even emerged as the favorite. The Preakness Stakes is the 13th race at Pimlico on Saturday and Classic Empire is #5 in the program.
Expect Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez to play the break on Always Dreaming, who has won by leading throughout and also by sitting just off the pace, as he did in the Derby.
Then came the impressive win at the Florida Derby on April Fools Day. Bernardini (2006), Rachel Alexandra (2009) and Exaggerator (2016) are the only three non-Derby runners to wear the Black-Eyed Susans during that time frame. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday. After being sideswiped by a horse on his outside only a few jumps out the gate, he was forced to race in the back of the pack, far off the lead.
Classic Empire had a awful trip at the Kentucky Derby. He's the 3-1 second choice and considered the main threat.
With the win at Churchill Downs earlier this month, Always Dreaming picked up his fourth straight victory. Part of my "bold" betting strategy revolved around betting against the eventual victor, Always Dreaming. Jockey Julien Leparoux will have the edge being on the outside in the chess match that will take place early in the race.
Casse likes the neighboring posts. "I was just hoping to accumulate enough horses to get going and establish a reputation".
Classic Empire had a rough run in the Kentucky Derby.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The two best horses in the Preakness will be eyeball to eyeball coming out of the starting gate.
Notes: Super Saver headed into the Preakness as the favorite but faded and finished eighth out of 12 entrants.
"I would imagine that they are going to target us and the target is right next to you", Pletcher said.
With only two weeks between the Derby and Preakness, much has been made of trainer Todd Pletcher's record on short rest. "Historically, I think the horses that have run well in the Derby run back well in the Preakness". The Derby victor avenged his father's loss at Churchill and will try to do the same at Pimlico.
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The course record of 1:53 minutes was set by legendary Triple Crown victor Secretariat in 1973.
Despite overseeing a stable that runs in races nationwide, Pletcher is single-minded in his approach with each horse in his barn.
Other closers looking to pounce are Gunnevera (10th in the Derby), Hence (11th in the Derby) and new shooters Multiplier, Senior Investment and Term of Art. He arrived in Baltimore on Sunday following a two-day van ride from Iowa and seems to be thriving at Pimlico.
One of them is Conquest Mo Money, who supplemented to the Preakness for $150,000.
Carreno has the utmost confidence that his speedy colt won't back down from a challenge.
"It's tough because horses aren't used to it, " Bailey said.
Never one to ignore lessons learned, Pletcher is using his experience with Super Saver to guide Always Dreamings preparation. "And he probably helped me as much as I helped him". Lookin At Lee is the third favorite to win the Preakness at +1000.
Jockey Corey Lanerie told The News in the Churchill tunnel immediately after the Derby, that he "never even asked him" until he reached the quarter pole. "It was more than I wanted, but now it's the best money I ever spent". Finding value underneath and inserting those longer odds horses underneath will enhance the exotic payoffs.
"If anything, I have a greater respect for Always Dreaming", said Mark Casse, who trains Classic Empire. The first an exacta where the bettor picks the top two finishers.
A Classic finish to end the Dream.