Always Dreaming installed as 4-5 favorite

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Oaklawn is providing half the field for this 10-horse race.

The Kentucky Derby victor is the 4-5 morning-line favorite and looking to make the second step toward becoming thoroughbred horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor and second in the last three years.

Hence (Street Boss) quietly snuck back through the backstretch as the media got the latest on Always Dreaming during Pletcher's daily press conference adjacent the Stakes Barn at 8:10 a.m.

"I watched Conquest Mo Money train this morning", Casse said, referencing the Arkansas Derby runner-up. I think we saw the same thing with Mine That Bird [in 2009], obviously, he was 50-1. With the other speed horse, Conquest Mo Money, coming out of the No. 10, jockey John Velazquez, who will once again pilot the Derby victor, needs to keep his mount from getting trapped along the rail by the horses to his outside.

Always Dreaming has a great chance to control this thing from the start. His biggest win was in the G3 Illinois Derby in a time of 1:47.98 - the second fastest in the race's history. "We don't quite see it the same way; if we have a horse that fits a race and is doing well, we want to run". But instead of giving Secretariat the record, the Maryland Jockey Club made a decision to split the difference and make its official time that of Pimlico's clocker, who timed the race in 1:54 2/5. He has a shot at actually winning the race. There aren't any vulnerabilities.

Don't overthink it - this is Always Dreaming's race.

No fewer than three hours after Always Dreaming stepped foot onto the track, Term of Art (Tiznow) and Conquest Mo Money (Uncle Mo) were the last two Preakness runners to head out for exercise after the renovation break with the temperatures now climbing in the low 80s. So, he basically had one race in the three months leading up to the Derby and didn't get a fair shot at Churchill Downs.

Classic Empire has recovered nicely from his distressing race at the Kentucky Derby - and so have his handlers. 2, Chad Brown. 3, Steve Asmussen. And then he has back trouble, and then he's refusing to work. "They could go at it right from the start". He's 0-7. The trainer and jockey were a combined 2-for-63 before they scored in the Derby. And everything was finally kind of going their way just in time. He runs fourth on class alone. He is not just cheap speed to push Always Dreaming. It's very matter-of-fact. They're not making excuses. Always Dreaming is sitting at -110 (or 10/11), meaning you have to bet $110 to win $100. A closer look at the Derby showed that Classic Empire was compromised by traffic circumstances that existed at the Derby but should not be an issue Saturday.

Always Dreaming has won all four of his starts this year by a combined 231⁄4 lengths.

Below is the field in the order I expect them to finish. "I think he's better than he looked on paper".

"It was always our dream to get a horse in a big race, and we're always dreaming in life, not just in horse racing", he said. And we saw that Curlin was able to dispatch of Street Sense at Pimlico.

At one point, he thought: "I'm going to win the Derby!"

PB: Are any of the new shooters factors? Conquest Mo Money was second to Classic Empire at the Arkansas Derby.

Despite a disappointing run by Gunnevera, the Sanos were dazzled by their Kentucky Derby experience. He wasn't nominated for the Derby, so it would have cost $200,000 for him to run in the Derby.

Before 1931, the Preakness had been run on every day of the week but Sunday.

Classic Empire is now healthy and appears poised for a bounce-back performance at the Preakness on Saturday. He keeps running to the level of his competition. Finishing second in the Derby seemingly impressed no one.

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