Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Will Pharoah's Hopes Be Derailed?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Will Pharoah's Hopes Be Derailed?

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Byline: Bill Marshall

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah will start from the rail at Pimlico in his bid to collect the second jewel of the Triple Crown. No horse has won the Preakness from the inside post since 1994. Post time is 6:18 p.m. Broadcast is on NBC.



Odds: 4-5

Record, earnings: 6 races (5-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $2,830,300

Sire: Pioneerof the Nile

Dam: Littleprincessemma

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owner: Zayat Stables, LLC

Breeder: Zayat Stables

Comment: Derby win did not come easy and return in two weeks a cause for concern. Inside post not best, but not a huge problem with small field. Short odds means the search doesn't stop here.


Odds: 7-2

Record, earnings: 7 races (6-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $1,489,800

Sire: Big Brown

Dam: Our Josephina

Jockey: Martin Garcia

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owner: Kaleem Shah Inc.

Breeder: Emilie Gerlinde Fojan

Comment: Pacesetter in Derby could not stay with top two in stretch. Might be pressed early by others seeking pace-setting role. Impossible to throw out, but might have seen his best two weeks ago.

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Odds: 20-1

Record, earnings: 13 races (1-win, 4-place, 4-show); $652,226

Sire: Malibu Moon

Dam: Stormy Bear

Jockey: Corey Nakatani

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Owner: Calumet Farm

Breeder: Richard D. Maynard

Comment: Sold earlier in week but Lukas remains as trainer for new owner, Calumet Farm. Colt on a 12-race losing streak and will need plenty more than change of silks to contend in this one.


Odds: 15-1

Record, earnings: 6 races (1-win, 2-place, 0-show); $311,120

Sire: Malibu Moon

Dam: Leaveminthedust

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: John C. Oxley

Breeder: William D. Graham

Comment: Stalker in Derby also benefited from slow pace, hanging around late to finish fifth. Has been improving with each start. If there's a big upset in the cards, this one is the ace.


Odds: 30-1

Record, earnings: 6 races (1-win, 1-place, 2-show); $54,600

Sire: Tale of Ekati

Dam: Verve

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Owner: Charles Fipke

Breeder: Charles Fipke

Comment: Enthusiasm of connections probably not shared by the horse. …

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