I’ll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at
Churchill Downs, flew to Maryland on Monday to get an early start on
preparing for the 137th Preakness Stakes on May 19 at Pimlico
Racecourse, a race that, like the Derby, should have a full field.
As of Monday, there were 16 horses still being considered for the
Preakness. And though that number could shrink by next week, the
Preakness does have a maximum of 14 starters, six fewer than the Derby,
so earnings could come into play in determining the field. This year,
the Preakness will allow up to two also-eligibles at entry time, too.
Unlike the Derby, which solely uses graded earnings for an
oversubscribed field, the Preakness uses a three-tiered process. The
first seven of the 14 starters are determined by graded stakes earnings.
The next four are those who have the most earnings in non-restricted
stakes. The next three – as well as the two also-eligibles – are based
on lifetime earnings.