Jockey John Velazquez should be able to put Always Dreaming in his preferred early position, first or second. The Kentucky Derby victor has been showing plenty of juice in his gallops, giving trainer Todd Pletcher confidence that he'll run big again Saturday.
Five fillies have won the Preakness in its illustrious history.
Though he doesn't have a horse in the race, he does have a friend in it: Former assistant Todd Pletcher, who will be saddle Kentucky Derby victor and Triple Crown hopeful Always Dreaming on Saturday evening. The elder Bonomo was in a meeting in NY when the deal went down in Lexington, Kentucky, and he wasn't happy when he heard the price. "I didn't really know what to expect". It's something I'd love to win. "It's the best overspending he's ever done".
Then we can talk about becoming him joining the legends of the sport. OK, you got that on camera. "He's taken on everything you could throw at him".
"It couldn't have gone any smoother", Pletcher said. An elusive Triple Crown try awaits Always Dreaming should he double up at Pimlico.
The race for three-year-old thoroughbreds, also held over dirt, is shorter than the Derby, at nine-and-a-half furlongs or 1 3/16 miles.
Always Dreaming will look to do the same and add the second jewel of the Triple Crown with a win this Saturday afternoon. His tactical speed and strong finishing kick are a matchless combination. The 2-year-old champion was the morning line favorite for the Derby, but fell to 7-1 as bettors flocked to Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry who both went off at 4-1.
"I think Conquest Mo Money has been compromised a couple times in his last three starts, and he's probably a little better than he looks on paper", Casse said.
Take previous year: In the Derby, Nyquist faced only one other solid front-runner, ran close to the early lead on a comfortable pace, took the lead on the turn for home and went on to win.
Rated the second pick for the Preakness at 3-1 was Classic Empire, who finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby and will break alongside Always Dreaming from the fifth gate.
Dilger bred Always Dreaming with his business partner, fellow Irishman bloodstock agent Mike Ryan. Cloud Computing should be in midpack, and closers Lookin At Lee, Multiplier, Hence, Gunnevera, Term of Art and Senior Investment will be far behind.
Always Dreaming, who is trained by Todd Pletcher, saw his odds shift from 4/5 to 5/6, according to betting site Bovada. Bonomo Sr. insists he never thought he would have a horse of such stature and says the name, thought up by his wife, is fitting. "I see a lot of our organization in the way he runs his barn".
"He was going to be good if he never met me", said Lukas, the career leader with 14 Triple Crown victories, who employed Pletcher as assistant for seven years until he went out on his own in 1995.
I just want the race to get here, he said. War Emblem went on to finish eighth in the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Sarava.