Medina Spirit, who gained the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to offer the coach Bob Baffert a file seventh victory in the race, was put in as the 9-5 morning-line favourite in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, regardless of almost not working in any respect after it was disclosed that he had tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, after the Derby.
While officers in Kentucky awaited outcomes from a second pattern earlier than figuring out whether or not Medina Spirit’s Derby victory can be overturned, Preakness organizers on Tuesday announced they would let the colt run after Baffert and his lawyer agreed to expanded testing and monitoring of his horses in Baltimore.
Below, the Preakness horses are listed so as of put up place, with feedback by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. The morning-line odds have been set by Keith Feustle of Pimlico Race Course.
How to observe: Coverage on Saturday begins on NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m. Eastern time and strikes to NBC at 5 p.m. Coverage will even be streamed on NBC Sports Live.
Purse: $1.5 million assured
Distance: 1 3/16 miles
Track file: 1 minute 52⅖ seconds (Farma Way, 1991)
Weight: 126 kilos
Post time: 6:47 p.m. Eastern
Joe Drape’s win-place-show picks: Crowded Trade, Risk Taking, Unbridled Honor
Melissa Hoppert’s picks: Midnight Bourbon, Concert Tour, Medina Spirit
Here’s how we see the subject:
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. Odds: 30-1
Drape: A $375,000 yearling buy has but to dwell as much as his worth. Pass.
Hoppert: He gained his final two races, most lately an allowance race on the Derby undercard, however not even a veteran coach may help this ridgeling make this large a leap.
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro Jockey: David Cohen Odds: 15-1
Drape: Late-running fashion just isn’t best for Pimlico.
Hoppert: He has gained solely as soon as in seven profession begins, however he turned in an improved efficiency in the Derby, ending seventh after beginning sluggish and swinging extensive late.
3. Medina Spirit
Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: John Velazquez Odds: 9-5
Drape: The Derby winner — perhaps — has performed nothing however run quick. It is a disgrace that he’s shrouded in controversy.
Hoppert: Controversy apart, he confirmed a variety of grit in the Derby when he refused to let his hard-charging rivals cross him, and he has not completed worse than second in six profession begins.
4. Crowded Trade
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Javier Castellano Odds: 10-1
Drape: Here’s your winner. He has improved in every of his three begins.
Hoppert: This frivolously raced colt has his hit the board in all three of his races and has a prime coach and jockey. But profitable this race looks as if a tall activity.
5. Midnight Bourbon
Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Odds: 5-1
Drape: Another who tries exhausting, however can be exhausting pressed to hit the board.
Hoppert: He was capable of muster a sixth-place end in the Derby regardless of a troubled journey and has hit the board in seven of eight begins. With the prime jockey in North America selecting up the mount, he ought to be a serious menace right here.
Trainer: Michael McCarthy Jockey: Flavien Prat Odds: 12-1
Drape: He has been dealt with conservatively, however appears a minimize beneath the relaxation.
Hoppert: He completed a sport third in the Blue Grass however skipped the Derby in favor of the Preakness. Another prime jockey will get the name.
7. France Go de Ina
Trainer: Hideyuki Mori Jockey: Joel Rosario Odds: 20-1
Drape: Two for 3 in modest races in Japan. Who is aware of?
Hoppert: This Kentucky-bred colt relies in Japan and completed sixth in his final race, the U.A.E. Derby in Dubai in March. Your guess is nearly as good as mine.
8. Unbridled Honor
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Luis Saez Odds: 15-1
Drape: Not wild about his closing fashion, however he can hit the board.
Hoppert: He completed second in the Blue Grass and would wish to enhance much more to hit the board right here.
9. Risk Taking
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz Odds: 15-1
Drape: This one completes the Chad Brown exacta. Make positive you field it.
Hoppert: The Wood Memorial favourite turned in a head-scratching seventh-place end, however his coach is happy along with his progress since and is definitely taking a cue from his title in getting into him right here.
10. Concert Tour
Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith Odds: 5-2
Drape: This colt seems to be going the mistaken means.
Hoppert: A 3rd-place end in the Arkansas Derby satisfied his connections to bypass the Derby for the Preakness. With Smith aboard, I’ll take my probabilities that he can return to his pre-Arkansas type, which included three straight wins, and not less than hit the board.