Classic Empire healthy for Preakness run

20170507t005218z-1857279297-nocid-rtrmadp-3-horseracing143rdkentuckyderby

Five story lines to follow as Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming heads to the Preakness Stakes

Lexington victor Divining Rod finished third to Triple Crown victor American Pharoah in the 2015 Preakness, while Collected was 10th previous year. Neither pulled off the feat.

The post-position draw for the Preakness will be held 5 p.m. The Kentucky Derby victor has 10/11 odds to win Saturday's race and his odds to win the Triple Crown are 11/4 compared to 2/9 to lose, according to betting side Bovada.

Lookin At Lee and Hence were scheduled to be flown from Kentucky to Baltimore on Tuesday along with Senior Investment and several other horses for undercard stakes.

On Tuesday, Always Dreaming was all business for the 1½-mile gallop.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's Always Dreaming couldn't have been more impressive at Churchill Downs, but the next morning, trainer D. Wayne Lukas told Newsday: "Oh, don't worry, they'll be coming to line up against him".

After carefully reviewing every aspect of the May 6 Kentucky Derby, I am struck by something that Churchill Downs needs to change.

The colt has been, well, like a dream since he left Kentucky.

Pletcher says: "He was moving really well". "All the indications are he's bounced out of the race quickly. That's my goal in the Preakness: Both of them good racing, good trip and see what happens".

"It's really a tremendous respect for the Preakness", Pletcher said. "It's something I'd love to win".

The 49-year-old trainer is 0 for 8 in the race. His best finish was third with Impeachment in 2000. ESPN's Darren Rovell took to Twitter the progress of Always Dreaming in the past two years. Following the policy of his stable, Pletcher said Always Dreaming will be saddled in Pimlico's indoor paddock prior to the Preakness.

"I'm so happy", Sano said. "We're just trying to keep him healthy, and we don't want him to make a mistake".

Always Dreaming faces different challenges in the Preakness.

The second leg of the Triple Crown takes place this Saturday at the 2017 Preakness Stakes as Always Dreaming looks to build on his winning performance at the Kentucky Derby.

Sent off at 9-2, Always Dreaming paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80.

Senior Investment: Won the Lexington stakes; skipped the Derby; has good late speed.

Although the Illinois Derby was a Grade 3 race and not against the caliber of horses he will meet Saturday, he definitely showed that distance won't be an issue and he that he may be finding his racing strides at the ideal time. If one were looking for omens, Lookin at Lee was third in the Arkansas Derby in mid-April, and then improved to second in the Kentucky Derby. "Truthfully, I think he's doing better than ever". "Now hopefully we can get the job done in the Preakness".

The Preakness lost a potential starter on Sunday when Royal Mo suffered a career-ending injury during a five-furlong workout at Pimlico.

Trainer John Shirreffs said X-rays showed a fractured sesamoid bone in the colt's right front ankle. Royal Mo was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 16: Classic Empire trains on the track for the upcoming Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The anxiety proved to be fleeting as Always Dreaming, after a few attempts at bucking exercise rider Nick Bush off his back through the stretch, settled down and completed his exercise without further incident.

It seems Always Dreaming simply enjoys living on the edge in the run-up to big races, a formula that worked for him at the Derby.

Trainer Todd Pletcher stands outside Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming's stable at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Latest News