I’ll Have Another was entered Wednesday to continue his Triple Crown
quest in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1), but Reddam Racing’s
Kentucky Derby winner may not be favored to win Pimlico Race Course’s
signature race for 3-year-olds on Saturday.
Jockey Club linemaker Frank Carulli installed Bodemeister, the
runner-up to I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby (G1), as the 8-5
morning-line favorite for Preakness 137. I’ll Have Another, who captured
the Run for the Roses by 1 ½ lengths over the pacesetting Bodemeister,
was rated second at 5-2 in the 11-horse field that will contest the
Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Stables and Michel and Tiffany Moreno’s Bodemeister, the beaten Derby
favorite, is trained by Bob Baffert, who has saddled five winners of the
Preakness Stakes: Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Point Given
(2001), War Emblem (2002) and Lookin At Lucky (2010). Bodemeister will
be ridden by Mike Smith, who captured the 1993 Preakness aboard Prairie
Have Another, who has won all three of his races this year, is trainer
Doug O’Neill’s first Preakness entrant. The son of Flower Alley, who
became the first horse to win the Derby from the No. 19 post, will be
ridden by Preakness rookie Mario Gutierrez.
The Derby winner drew the No. 9 post position, two stalls outside Bodemeister, who will break from the starting gate from No. 7.
Went the Day Well and Creative Cause, who finished fourth and fifth in the Kentucky Derby, respectively, were both rated at 6-1.
BODEMEISTER (PP #7, 8-5)
Trainer Bob Baffert:
“I think it’s a good post. With him, anything in the middle would have
been fine. In the Preakness you just don’t want to be stuck down on the
inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit.
“The Derby winner drew well also. Everybody is in a good post.”
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (PP #9, 2-1)
Trainer Doug O’Neill:
“I thought the draw was really good. I’m very happy with that. Being
outside of the legitimate speed, most jockeys would be real happy with
that. We’re OK with that.
in (Bodemeister’s jockey) Mike Smith’s hands to set the pace. For
whatever reason if he breaks slow or decides not to go, we’ll take the
lead and take it from there.
confident. You never know, but as long as we continue to train like our
horse has trained, we won’t be that far off Bodemeister. If anything,
Bodemeister might be behind us early. I could see him chasing us, I
Bodemeister being the morning-line favorite) “Bob Baffert has won five
of these; I’ve never run a horse here. I totally respect that. I’m just
hoping that anyone who bets Bodemeister is regretting it Saturday
WENT THE DAY WELL (PP #5, 6-1)
Managing partner Barry Irwin: “I
think it’s good. I didn’t want to be on the rail. It’s too
claustrophobic for him. This is a green horse. He hasn’t run too many
times, and we didn’t want to have an outside post if we could avoid it,
because he’d have veered off to the right. Being in the middle,
hopefully it’ll be better.
horse, I think he could have won the Derby if he had broken right, but
he didn’t. Once he broke bad, he caused himself a whole bunch of
trouble. We have to make sure the horse gets out of the gate this time.
If he does, I think we’ve got a good shot.
horse has an enormous amount of ability. He can really run. I think
everybody saw it there, and hopefully we’ll see it again.”
CREATIVE CAUSE (PP # 6, 6-1)
Trainer Mike Harrington: “It’s fine, right in the middle. It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference to me. It’s a good post; that’s all I know.”
DADDY NOSE BEST (PP #8, 12-1) – Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen: “I like our draw. This is more like a horse race, not an event, so I like where we’re at.
came out of the Derby great, or we wouldn’t be here. We thought he
trained super into the Derby, and he deserves another chance off of what
excuses last time; it just wasn’t our day. We’re very proud of the
position he’s put himself in, and we’re looking forward to giving him
TEETH OF THE DOG (PP #2, 15-1)
Owner Jose Singer: “It’s
a long stretch at Pimlico, so I’m OK with post position 2. I want to
win. We went into the race thinking that perhaps the two top finishers
in the Derby might be off the edge a little bit and bounce a little bit.
I’ve got a lightly raced horse that is fresh and I’m hoping he comes in
to collect the spoils.”
ZETTERHOLM (PP #4, 20-1)
Breeder/principal owner Anthony Grey: “I’m OK with the post position draw. I’m glad I wasn’t on the rail.
want to win a big one. He’s a late April foal, so he’s a late-maturing
horse. He’s a stretch-running horse. Hopefully, it’s our turn to shine.”
TIGER WALK (PP #1, 30-1)
Trainer Ignacio Correas:
“Somebody had to start from the rail, and it looks like it’s going to
be us. I just read that 15 percent won from there. Most likely,
Bodemeister is going to set the pace, and somebody is going to be out
there, but it’s not going to be us. That’s not our style.”
PRETENSION (PP #3, 30-1
Trainer Chris Grove:
“I don’t think the post position will matter to him. It only matters if
there’s a problem and they’re not standing well and don’t break well.
With 11 instead of 20 in this race, I think it will shape up
differently. I won’t be too far back as the race shapes up.”
OPTIMIZER (PP #10, 30-1)
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas: “It’s
great. I really like it. For the first time in about four years, I
really like it. I’m very comfortable with that spot. Bodemeister, Daddy
Nose Best and I’ll Have Another are all going to tighten up. I’m sitting
out there and absolutely love it.”
COZZETTI (PP #11, 30-1)
Trainer Dale Romans: “I think it’s a good spot for him. We can let things materialize inside of him and figure out where we want him to be placed.”
I. Correas IV
Teeth of the Dog
R. Dutrow Jr.
Went the Day Well
Daddy Nose Best
I'll Have Another