By Gene Kershner
The post position draw for the 139th running of the Preakness was held this evening at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, which included 10 entries into Saturday's middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The race will be televised nationally on NBC (Ch. 2) on Saturday afternoon during a two-hour telecast starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Post time for the Preakness is approximately 6:20 p.m. ET. Pre- and post-race programming will be on NBC Sports Network.
- Heavy morning line favorite and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome (3-5) drew the No. 3 position. The Maryland Jockey Club's signature race has been won by 70 favorites, none however since 2009 (Rachel Alexandra).
- Second choice on the morning line is Social Inclusion (5-1), trained by 85-year-old Manny Azpurua, seeking to become the oldest trainer since Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons to win the Preakness. Fitzsimmons won the 1957 Preakness with Bold Ruler, the sire of Secretariat, when he was two months shy of his 83rd birthday. Social Inclusion failed to qualify for the Kentucky Derby when he finished third by a nose in the Wood Memorial, putting him on the outside looking in and having to settle for Baltimore.
- Bob Baffert, who has won the race five times since 1997, entered Bayern (10-1) and will have Rosie Napranik in the irons. She started her career on the Maryland racing circuit and will look to get Baffert back in the winner's circle for the first time since 2010 (Lookin at Lucky).
- The Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact (12-1) drew the rail for trainer Mark Casse and will have Miguel Mena in the irons. The horse drawing the rail post has only one victory in the past 52 years (Tabasco Cat, 1994).
- The post that has the most winners since 1909 is Post Position No. 6, which has 15 Preakness winners, was drawn by the connections of Ria Antonia (30-1), the only filly in the field and the longest shot on the board.
- The Preakness is limited to 14 starters and in 15 of the last 20 years has enjoyed double-digit fields. Three Kentucky Derby horses are in the field as Ride on Curlin (10-1) and General a Rod (15-1) will join Chrome on Saturday afternoon.
- Pablo Del Monte (20-1), who was eligible to draw into the Derby when Hoppertunity scratched earlier during Derby week, passed over the Run for the Roses to run in Baltimore for trainer Wesley Ward, drew post No. 9.
Here's a look at the posts, jockeys, trainers and morning line odds set by the Maryland Jockey Club:
|2||General a Rod||Castellano||Maker||15-1|
|6||Ria Antonia (f)||Borel||Amoss||30-1|
|9||Pablo Del Monte||Sanchez||Ward||20-1|
|10||Ride On Curlin||Rosario||Gowan||10-1|