Medina Spirit will attempt to win the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Horse. Our Preakness tracker will keep you up to date with all the latest news leading up to post time from the rest of the potential field of Preakness horses.
Trainer Bob Baffert captured a record seventh Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, the same number of victories on his resume in the Preakness. Capturing the garland of black-eyed Susans for an eighth time would break a record that has held for more than 130 years. Seven Preakness wins is tied for the most by a trainer with R. Wyndham Walden, who won his between 1875 and 1888.
Baffert could very will have two chances to do it in this Preakness, not only with his Kentucky Derby winner but also with Concert Tour. Concert Tour had ranked ninth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 70 points, one spot behind Medina Spirit.
Could another contender from Bob Baffert’s own barn be the one to spoil a run at a third Triple Crown for the legendary trainer?
Preakness Horses: Latest Updates
Sunday, May 2nd
– In the morning following the Kentucky Derby, Baffert said he’d make a final decision on whether Medina Spirit will run in the Preakness one week after the Derby and one week before the Preakness. “He’s handling it quite well. He wasn’t as tired as I thought he might be. A big race like that, but he handled it quite well,” Baffert told the media outside his Churchill Downs barn Sunday morning.” Baffert said he didn’t see anything Sunday that would discourage Medina Spirit starting in the Preakness.
– Baffert’s new shooter, as they call Preakness horses that did not race in the Kentucky Derby, worked Sunday morning. Concert Tour went five furlongs in 1:00.60 before dawn. “Concert Tour worked well this morning. I’ll sit down and talk to Mr. (Gary) West. He wants that horse to develop, and we’re not rushing things. We know he’s a good horse, so we’ll see next week how he is. The thing is how they’re training. They both would have to be training well.” It’s an interesting situation for Baffert having two horses in the race with different owners, especially with one being the Triple Crown hopeful.
– Trainer Brad Cox did not specifically say whether Derby runner-up Mandaloun and fourth-place finisher and pre-race favorite Essential Quality will run in the Preakness. “We were so grateful that both of our horses ran as well as they did. Essential Quality got a tough trip being so wide but coming that close to a Derby win makes me want more. We’ll be back.”
-Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed the third-place finisher in the Derby, Hot Rod Charlie, will point towards the Belmont Stakes and skip the Preakness. “We’ll get him back to California and start planning for that.”
– Fifth-place finisher O Besos is TBD for the Preakness. “We’re so proud of our horse,” trainer Greg Foley said. “He came out of things good and we’ll see what the plans are next. It’s been a fun road to get to the Derby. We had a real chance and our horse showed up.”
– Trainer Mark Casse tweeted Soup and Sandwich displaced his soft palate during the race, causing a partial obstruction of his airway at the half-mile pole. “We are thankful to (jockey Tyler Gaffalione) for putting his safety first and not persevering from that point on.” Casse said Soup and Sandwich was doing well Sunday morning.
– Trainer Todd Pletcher dropped an intriguing nugget Sunday morning for this year’s Triple Crown, involving filly and Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat. Pletcher was asked about her possibly taking on the boys in the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes on June 5. Imagine the possibility of a filly attempting to spoil the Triple Crown! “We’re not sure about that one yet,” he said. “She’s a special filly and appears quite capable of running the distance. At some point this year she’s likely to take on the boys, but we’re still not sure where or when that might be.” In 2007 Pletcher won the Kentucky Oaks with Rags to Riches, before beating future two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in the Belmont Stakes by a head. As it turns out, Curlin is the sire of Malathaat.
– No other possible Preakness horses were confirmed by trainers, as of Sunday morning.
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