The Preakness, contested at 1 3/16 miles at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, always draws a large field, including some who didn't go to Churchill for any number of reasons including insufficient graded stakes earnings. Post positions were drawn for the 137th Preakness on Wednesday afternoon in the International Pavilion in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. A field of 11 was drawn this year using the traditional double-blind system, with Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, who drew post 9, set as the morning line second choice at 5-2. Kentucky Derby second place finisher and beaten favorite Bodemeister is the favorite at 8-5 from post 7 and with Creative Cause and Went the Day Well tied for third choice at 6-1 from post 5 and 6 respectively.
Kathleen Kelly, the third Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior, was on hand to insert the horses' names onto the draw board. Kelly, who lives in Eldersburg, Md., is a 5-year breast cancer survivor and single parent of two young boys. She was first diagnosed on July 15, 2006 with stage 3 breast cancer but felt as if there was a deeper reason why she got breast cancer. She believes this reason is to provide hope for others with similar struggles in their lives. She is very much involved with several organizations, "Crabs for a Cure", "Bras for a Cause" and "Survivors offering Support" and has devoted her life to educating and supporting those dealing with breast cancer.
Trainer Bob Baffert said about Bodemeister drawing post 7: "I think it's a good post. With him, anything in the middle would have been fine. In the Preakness you just don't want to be stuck down on the inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit. The Derby winner drew well also. Everybody is in a good post."
I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill said, "I thought the draw was really good. I'm very happy with that. Being outside of the legitimate speed, most jockeys would be real happy with that. We're OK with that. I'm confident. You never know, but as long as we continue to train like our horse has trained, we won't be that far off Bodemeister. If anything, Bodemeister might be behind us early. I could see him chasing us, I really could."
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Triple Crown quick links:
- Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2012 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. It is no surprise that Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another came out on top but how did the others fare?
- Free Past Performances - for the Preakness, look for Bodemeister to find the link
- Preakness Weather Forecasts
- Who do you think will win the Preakness? - share your thoughts and check out who others have selected as the likely winner.
- Kentucky Derby Results and Photos - I'll Have Another wins over Bodemeister and Dullahan. So far, several of the Kentucky Derby horses are planning to head to Baltimore to compete in the Preakness.
- Preakness Infield Changes - After 2009's massive tightening of the rules which resulted in a huge drop in attendance, officials relaxed things slightly. You can't bring beer, but you can buy a special "all you can drink" Mug Club ticket.
- Preakness Traditions - Black-eyed Susans to the winner, the Woodlawn Vase trophy, the Alibi Breakfast, painting the weather vane, and more.
- Preakness Entry Rules - the field is limited to 14 starters, here is how they determine the order of preference if more than that enter. Their rules are a quite different from the Derby.
- Preakness Info Central - the main list of everything Preakness
- Preakness 101 - A basic introduction the the second jewel of the Triple Crown
- Past Preakness Winners - check out the previous 136 winners of the Preakness Stakes
- Fillies in the Preakness - a look at the 53 fillies who have run in the Preakness and how they finished. So far only 5 have won.
- Preakness official site - news, history, and more
- Baltimore Sun Preakness Section - news, articles, and more
- Road to the Triple Crown - from Thoroughbred Times
- Triple Crown Mania - from Blood Horse
- Preakness Special - from DRF
- Triple Crown Trail - the prep race schedule with results
- Triple Crown Trivia Quiz - test your knowledge of the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and compete with others.
- Triple Crown Index - the master list with even more info
- 2012 Preakness Results - Shackleford wins over Animal Kingdowm. Also includes links to the Black-Eyed Susan, Alibi Breakfast, and more.
|1||Tiger Walk||Ignacio Correas IV||2.06||Ramon Dominguez||30-1|
|2||Teeth of the Dog||Michael Matz||3.00||Joe Bravo||15-1|
|3||Pretension||Christopher Grove||3.00||Javier Santiago||30-1|
|4||Zetterholm||Richard Dutrow Jr.||2.11||Junior Alvarado||20-1|
|5||Went the Day Well||Graham Motion||1.91||John Velazquez||6-1|
|6||Creative Cause||Mike Harrington||1.43 *||Joel Rosario||6-1|
|7||Bodemeister||Bob Baffert||3.00||Mike Smith||8-5|
|8||Daddy Nose Best||Steve Asmussen||2.43||Julien Leparoux||12-1|
|9||I'll Have Another||Doug O'Neill||2.11||Mario Gutierrez||5-2|
|10||Optimizer||D. Wayne Lukas||3.24||Corey Nakatani||30-1|
|11||Cozzetti||Dale Romans||1.55||Jose Lezcano||30-1|