Mr. Big News: Probable for Preakness; decision likely later this week

Mr. Big News: Probable for Preakness; decision likely later this week
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Trainer Bret Calhoun termed Allied Racing’s Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Mr. Big News “probable” for the Preakness Stakes but said a final decision likely will be made after the colt works later this week.

“Right now he came out of the Derby well; we’re definitely pointing that direction,” Calhoun said at Churchill.

Mr. Big News rallied from 10th to finish third in the Kentucky Derby, 3 1/4 lengths behind victorious Authentic and two lengths behind heavy favorite Tiz the Law. The Giant's Causeway colt earned a free spot in the Preakness Stakes by virtue of winning Oaklawn Park’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes at 46-1 odds, almost identical to his Derby odds. In between those races, Mr. Big News was sixth in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes, won by Preakness candidate Art Collector.

Calhoun said the Preakness decision will be almost solely made on “just how he’s doing,” not on the other horses showing up.

“I want him to be coming into the (Preakness) just like he came into the Derby,” he said. “If he’s going that good, we’ll run. Who else is running really doesn’t have a big bearing. We’re getting to the end of the 3-year-old races, so my options are either run him there, go to the turf or back off. I really don’t want to run him against older horses at this point in time. So if he’s doing really, really well, like he was coming into the Derby, we’ll definitely run in the Preakness.”

Of the Derby, Calhoun said, “At the 3/8 pole I got pretty excited. I thought he might win the whole thing. I knew they were going pretty fast in front of him, and I thought they might back up to him. He was moving pretty good to them. But the 1-2 finishers are very, very good horses and when they straightened up, they went on and we didn’t close the gap very much from there.”

2020 Preakness Stakes (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Tiz the Law
Constitution
8.03
B. Tagg
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Art Collector
Bernardini
7.42
T. Drury
1st, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Authentic
Into Mischief
7.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Probable
 King Guillermo
Uncle Mo
6.70
J. Avila
2nd, 2020 Arkansas Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Ny Traffic
Cross Traffic
6.53
S. Joseph, Jr.
8th, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Dr Post
Quality Road
6.49
T. Pletcher
4th, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Mr. Big News
Giant's Causeway
6.36
W. Calhoun
3rd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Probable
 Thousand Words
Pioneerof the Nile
6.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) 
Probable
 Mystic Guide
Ghostzapper
6.03
M. Stidham
1st, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Pneumatic
Uncle Mo
5.92
S. Asmussen
1st, 2020 Pegasus (LS) 
Probable
 Lebda
Raison d'Etat
5.91
C. Gonzalez
3rd, 2020 Robert Hilton Memorial (LS)
Goal
 Shirl's Speight
Speightstown
5.84
R. Attfield
1st, 2020 Marine (G3) 
Goal
 Mongolian Wind
Mucho Macho Man
4.79
W. Eno
1st, 2020 Manitoba Derby (LS)
Goal
 Liveyourbeastlife
Ghostzapper
4.45
J. Abreu
2nd, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Happy Saver
Super Saver
4.19
T. Pletcher
1st, 2020 Federico Tesio (LS)
Possible

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