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Preakness Post Positions

Dateline: 05/17/00

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Who will win the Preakness?

Hugh Hefner
Snuck In
Red Bullet
High Yield
Captain Steve
Fusaichi Pegasus
Hal's Hope

Current Results
Post positions were drawn this afternoon for the 125th Preakness Stakes and a small field of eight was entered. Fusaichi Pegasus' performance in the Derby scared off many contenders, several of which opted to wait for the Belmont Stakes to take him on, hoping the rigors of the Triple Crown might weaken him a bit by then. Of the Kentucky Derby field, only Captain Steve, Hal's Hope, High Yield, and Impeachment are back to challenge him again. Fresh horses joining the fray are Hugh Hefner, Red Bullet, and Snuck In.

Past performances are available for free online from the Daily Racing Form here in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Post time for the Preakness is 5:30pm EDT and between ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC there will be TV coverage all day long (schedule).

The Preakness Stakes

Here is the field in post position order. Distance is 1 3/16 miles and all entrants carry 126 lbs. The purse is $1,000,000 Guaranteed Minimum Gross. Click on the horse's name to see full info on him.
PPHorseJockeyTrainerM/L Odds
1Hugh Hefner Nakatani Jones 20-1
2Snuck In Asmussen Asmussen12-1
3Impeachment Perret Pletcher 8-1
4Red Bullet Bailey Orseno 9-2
5High Yield Day Lukas 10-1
6Captain Steve Albarado Baffert 8-1
7Fusaichi Pegasus Desormeaux Drysdale 3-5
8Hal's Hope Velez Rose 20-1

Fusaichi Pegasus
winner of the Kentucky Derby

It is very hard to pick against Fusaichi Pegasus here who is odds on favorite in the morning line. He won the Derby easily, never having to be whipped, breaking all kinds of jinxes and is a very impressive horse both in his performance and physical appearance. If anyone has a chance here, it would have to be either Red Bullet, High Yield, or Captain Steve. Red Bullet tried his best on his home track and still couldn't stay with him. Perhaps the longer rest will make a difference but I find it hard to see him as the spoiler. High Yield ran a really awful race in the Derby, his second poor performance on the Churchill surface. Unable to make the lead as he is accustomed, he just never ran a step so he certainly should have plenty left in the tank for a good performance in the Preakness. Pimlico has the reputation for favoring speed horses which will also work to his advantage here. However, he is not the only horse in the race who likes to be on the lead so he may not have it all his way. Captain Steve was impeded badly by Wheelaway in the Derby so he has an excuse for not finishing better and perhaps he can finally win a race this year here. Historically Derby also-rans do well in the Preakness, but also odds on favorites do very well too.

Even with all this second guessing, I still will have to say Fusaichi Pegasus will win. Probably one of the other three will be second but don't leave out anyone for third if you play the trifecta. Any of these horses could run third with the right racing luck.

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