The Preakness Winner & Best Bet Classic Empire
The second leg of the Triple Crown is about set to go. The 142nd Preakness Stakes is ready to run on Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland at Pimlico Race Course with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming looking to win his fourth consecutive race. We’ve watched the Kentucky Derby over and over again, to bring you each horses performance and how they can win the second leg of the triple crown.
4th: #14 Classic Empire – He might have been the second-best horse in the race, but he experienced all kinds of trouble from start to finish. A poor beginning caused him to be further back than normal, and then he floated out very wide while making his run down the stretch. He nearly got up for third, but with his trip, he couldn’t make up enough ground. He’s the horse with the big improvement in the Preakness. Genuine excuses, right trip wins!
1st: #5 Always Dreaming – The fear of him being a little too keyed up coming into the race ended up not being a worry at all. He worked out the perfect trip while stalking the pace setter, State of Honor. Like many Kentucky Derby winners, he sat in a perfect stalking position throughout the race before making his move at the top of the stretch. From that point on, there was no catching him, putting the field away in the stretch. He’s on to Baltimore with a big shot.
2nd: #1 Lookin At Lee – He had an incredible trip from the 1 hole and a fantastic ride as well. He skimmed the rail the entire way around the track, and off the far turn, I had visions of Mine that Bird because he was picking off horses left and right. He flew into the second position with time left to pass Always Dreaming, but he just couldn’t make up any ground in the last 100 yards. That was a fantastic race from this horse.
7th: #10 Gunnevera – Here’s another horse that got the normal closer trip in the Derby. He had a little trouble at the start, was taken way back early, and then had to make a very wide move on the turn while in traffic. It’s very hard for horses with his style to get into contention in a race like this one.
11th: #8 Hence – The “wise guy” horse did what they usually do… finish mid-pack. He had a tough time early on that forced him back and never could muster up any type of run in the stretch.