July 18, 2024

Get to know the 2019 Preakness contenders

Pimlico Race Course (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

***UPDATED after the draw to include post positions and morning line odds

Although Saturday’s Preakness (G1) won’t feature the principals from the Kentucky Derby (G1), with the disqualified Maximum Security and promoted Country House skipping Pimlico, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown promises plenty of intrigue.

Beaten Derby favorite Improbable, who was elevated to fourth, rates as the early favorite in the Preakness. Other Derby alumni in the field are the official seventh-placer War of Will, the rival most affected by Maximum Security’s veering out; Win Win Win, placed ninth; and the maiden Bodexpress, among those checked on the far turn and ultimately placed 13th.

The new shooters include prominent “bubble” horses who didn’t make the Derby – Signalman, Anothertwistafate, and Bourbon War – along with Alwaysmining, Laughing Fox, Owendale, Market King, late addition Everfast, and Warrior’s Charge who had to be supplemented for $150,000.

Here are the basic contender profiles, free Brisnet past performances (click for an explanation of how to read the PPs), and further Preakness analysis.

Kentucky Derby alumni

IMPROBABLE, Post 4, 5-2 morning line favorite

Improbable wins the Los Alamitos Futurity © BENOIT PHOTO

Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) hero might be rooting for a fast track after a second in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and running evenly in the Kentucky Derby slop

Owner: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & Starlight Racing; Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: Mike Smith

Pedigree: City Zip-Rare Event, by A.P. Indy

Improbable news


WAR OF WILL, Post 1, 4-1

War of Will wins the Risen Star at Fair Grounds (c) Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges Jr.

Risen Star (G2) and Lecomte (G3) winner was fortunate to stay on his feet when fouled by Maximum Security in the Derby

Owner: Gary Barber; Trainer Mark Casse; Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Pedigree: War Front-Visions of Clarity, by Sadler’s Wells

War of Will news


WIN WIN WIN, Post 13, 15-1

Win Win Win set a track record in the Pasco at Tampa (c) SV Photography

Blue Grass (G2) runner-up finished midfield in the Derby

Owner: Live Oak Plantation; Trainer: Mike Trombetta; Jockey: Julian Pimentel

Pedigree: Hat Trick-Miss Smarty Pants, by Smarty Jones

Win Win Win news


BODEXPRESS, Post 9, 20-1

Bodexpress has been highly tried as a maiden (c) Coady/Churchill


Maiden was runner-up in the Florida Derby (G1) but well back in the Kentucky Derby

Owner: Top Racing, Global Thoroughbred & GDS Racing Stable; Trainer: Gustavo Delgado; Jockey: John Velazquez

Pedigree: Bodemeister-Pied a Terre, by City Zip

Bodexpress news




Winners of automatic Preakness berths

Anothertwistafate captures the El Camino Real Derby (c) Vassar Photography


El Camino Real Derby (G3) victory guaranteed his spot at Pimlico, but seconds in Sunland Park Derby (G3) and Lexington (G3) were not enough to get him into Derby 145

Owner: Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd.; Trainer: Blaine Wright; Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Pedigree: Scat Daddy-Imprecation, by First Defence

Anothertwistafate news


Alwaysmining is the local kingpin (c) Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club


Romp in the “Win and You’re In” Federico Tesio extended Maryland-based gelding’s streak to six

Owner: Runnymede Racing; Trainer: Kelly Rubley; Jockey: Daniel Centeno

Pedigree: Stay Thirsty-What Will Be, by Anees

Alwaysmining news


LAUGHING FOX, Post 11, 20-1

Laughing Fox rallies in the Oaklawn Invitational (c) Coady Photography

The Arkansas Derby fourth, just behind Country House, came back to punch his ticket in the inaugural Oaklawn Invitational

Owner: Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Pedigree: Union Rags-Saskawea, by Stormy Atlantic

Laughing Fox news


Other new shooters

Signalman takes the Kentucky Jockey Club (c) Coady Photography/Churchill

SIGNALMAN, Post 8, 30-1

Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner, most recently third in the Blue Grass (G2), did not try to enter the Derby when 22nd on the points list at entry time

Owner: Lewis, Crabtree, Demaree, Bernsen, Chambers & Magdalena Racing; Trainer Ken McPeek; Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Pedigree: General Quarters-Trip South, by Trippi

Signalman news


Bourbon War sports the Florida form that held up in the Derby (c) Leslie Martin/Coglianese

BOURBON WAR, Post 2, 12-1

Fountain of Youth runner-up and Florida Derby fourth was left on the Derby bubble list

Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable & Lake Star Stable; Trainer: Mark Hennig

Pedigree: Tapit-My Conquestadory, by Artie Schiller; Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Bourbon War news


OWENDALE, Post 5, 10-1

Owendale wins the Lexington (c) Wendy Wooley/EquiSport

Eighth to War of Will and Country House in the Risen Star but took a leap forward to capture the Lexington

Owner: Rupp Racing; Trainer: Brad Cox; Jockey: Florent Geroux

Pedigree: Into Mischief-Aspen Light, by Bernardini

Owendale news

WARRIOR’S CHARGE, Post 3, 12-1

Warrior’s Charge has romped in his last two (c) Coady/Oaklawn


Oaklawn allowance romper was not Triple Crown-nominated, so connections must pay $150,000 to supplement

Owner: Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Stables; Trainer: Brad Cox; Jockey: Javier Castellano

Pedigree: Munnings-Battling Brook, by Broken Vow

Warrior’s Charge news


MARKET KING, Post 6, 30-1

Market King broke his maiden at Oaklawn Park (c) Coady Photography

Distant third to Omaha Beach and Game Winner in the second Rebel (G2) division exits an 11th in the Blue Grass

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas; Jockey: Jon Court

Pedigree: Into Mischief-Divine Presence, by A.P. Indy

Market King news

EVERFAST, Post 10, 50-1

Everfast scored on debut last August at Ellis Park (c) Coady Photography


Holy Bull (G2) runner-up has since gone unplaced in the Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, Pat Day Mile (G3)

Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Dale Romans; Jockey: Joel Rosario

Pedigree: Take Charge Indy-Awesome Surprise, by Awesome Again

Everfast news

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