By Gene Kershner
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The post position draw for Preakness 137 was completed this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, the home of the second jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The field includes 11 sophomore colts who will be traveling 1 3/16-miles around the Pimlico strip on Saturday afternoon (NBC, Ch. 2, 4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.).
The field includes six horses that return after running in the Kentucky Derby and five fresh faces who will attempt to claim the Woodlawn Vase, touted as the most valuable trophy in American sports (assessed at over $1 million in 1983).
Some interesting tidbits and quotes from the post draw:
- Post No. 6 has yielded the most winners (15) since 1909.
- Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Preakness five times, the last being from post No. 7 with Lookin at Lucky in 2010. The morning line favorite Bodemeister (8-5) drew post No. 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," said Baffert. “The Derby winner drew well also. Everybody is in a good post.”
- Kentucky Derby champion I'll Have Another (5-2) installed as the second choice drew post No. 9 and trainer Doug O'Neill seemed rather pleased with the outcome. “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," exclaimed O'Neill.
- The six Kentucky Derby horses drew right next to each other in posts 5 through 10.
Here's a look at the field and the post positions:
|2||Teeth of the Dog||Bravo||15-1|
|5||Went The Day Well||J Velazquez||6-1|
|7||Bodemeister||M E Smith||8-5|
|8||Daddy Nose Best||Leparoux||12-1|
|9||I'll Have Another||Gutierrez||5-2|
We'll have a Friday handicap of the Black-Eyed Susan (BES) and post-race recap of the BES and the Pimlico Special right here at the Sports, Ink blog. On Saturday at noon, we'll start our live blog of Preakness Day from Pimlico, so be sure to check back for your thoroughbred racing fix.