Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Pimlico we go for the second leg of the
Triple Crown, the 135th Preakness Stakes, in which Super Saver, the
Kentucky Derby winner, will face another large field, though the
complexion of the race has changed dramatically from the lineup at
Churchill Downs, both in terms of horses and the likely pace.
The Preakness is limited to 14 runners, and as of Monday, it appeared a
baker's dozen of 13 was going to pass the entry box on Wednesday, when
post positions will be drawn for the $1 million race. Of the 20 horses
who ran in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, only five, including Super Saver, are
returning for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, so the remainder of the field
is made up of eight horses who skipped or could not get into the Derby.