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odds on for Preakness
winner California Chrome was made
the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on
Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes,
and he drew an inside post position
in the 10-horse field that includes a
filly for the first time in five years.
Trained by Art Sherman and ridden
by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome
will break from the No. 3 post, which
has produced 10 winners in the previous
138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race,
the last being Prairie Bayou in 1993.
“Three is fine with me,” Sherman
said. “Most of the speed is on the out-
side of me. If they go, they go, I can
tuck in right behind them without any
problems. I think my horse will per-
So does California Chrome’s co-
owner Steve Coburn, who dared to look
“One race at a time,” he said, “but
I’m still thinking Triple Crown.”
If California Chrome wins tomorrow,
next up would be the Belmont Stakes
on June 7. Only 11 horses have swept
the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and
none since 1978.
California Chrome brings a five-race
winning streak into the Preakness, hav-
ing won that many by a combined 26
lengths. Still, his overwhelming odds
surprised Sherman, a 77-year-old train-
er who has never had a colt this good.
Speedster Social Inclusion was the
5-1 second choice of new Pimlico odd-
smaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew
the No. 8 post. He skipped the Ken-
tucky Derby and is one of seven new
horses lining up to challenge California
Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the
co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern, who
drew the No. 5 post, is trained by Hall
of Famer Bob Baffert, who is seeking
a sixth Preakness win. Rosie Napravnik
will ride the colt, trying to become the
first female jockey to win the race.
Ride On Curlin finished seventh in
the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.
Once again, Ride On Curlin drew an
outside post, landing in the No. 10 spot
after breaking from the 19th position
in the Derby starting gate under Calvin
Borel. This time, Joel Rosario will ride
Borel has switched to filly Ria Anto-
nia, who is the longest shot in the field
General a Rod is the only other Derby
horse to try the Preakness. He was 11th
at Churchill Downs.
There is a trio of 20-1 shots in the
field. One of them, Kid Cruz, is trained
by Linda Rice, giving the Preakness a
female trainer, jockey and filly in the
same race for the first time.
The other 20-1 shots are Pablo Del
Monte, who drew the No. 9 post, and
Ring Weekend, who will break from
the No. 4 spot.
Illinois Derby winner Dynamic
Impact drew the No. 1 post, putting
the colt along the rail, a spot not favored
by most trainers who fear getting
Pimlico racing officials used a pill
pull, which employs a small numbered
ball in a blind draw, to decide post posi-
tions for the middle jewel of racing’s
The Preakness is limited to 14 starters.
According to officials, 17 of the last 20
years have produced double-digit
Starting post positions
1. Dynamic Impact
2. General a Rod
3. California Chrome
4. Ring Weekend
6. Ria Antonia
7. Kid Cruz
8. Social Inclusion
9. Pablo Del Monte
10. Ride On Curlin
Kid Cruz holds advantage
Kid Cruz owns one advantage over
his Preakness rivals—a winning effort
over the track.
None of the other horses have run
at Pimlico. Kid Cruz closed strongly to
take the Federico Tesio Stakes here last
He proved he could handle the track.
Whether he can handle California
Chrome and horses of that calibre
remains a question.
Rice, based in New York, is one of
the leading trainers in the country. Her
horses earned $1.5 million last year,
ranking 22nd in the nation. She was
the first woman to top the standings at
the prestigious Saratoga meet, edging
Todd Pletcher by a single victory in
Kid Cruz, Rice's first Preakness starter,
took a circuitous route to this point.
He debuted last November at Aque-
duct for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott
and ran poorly in a turf race.
Next time out, he switched to dirt in
a claiming race. Rice pounced and took
the colt for $50,000 from that winning
effort for new owners Vina Del Mar
A close second in his debut for Rice
at Aqueduct, Kid Cruz won a pair of
$100,000 stakes in Maryland in the
next two outings, the Private Terms at
Laurel and the Tesio.
ON THE MUSCLE: Ride on Curlin
continues to thrive at Pimlico.
The seventh-place finisher in the
Kentucky Derby was the only Preakness
contender to work Wednesday.
He turned in a half-mile in 49.60
seconds a day after an aggressive gal-
IN THE CLEAR: The forecast for
race day on Saturday looks ideal —
mostly sunny skies with a high near
There could be residual moisture in
the track. A thunderstorm accompanied
by heavy rain is expected to rumble
through the area Thursday night.
The wet weather could linger through
today, muddying the outlook for the
US$500,000 Black-Eyed Susan for
Trainer Art Sherman, left, rubs Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome after a workout at Pimlico Race
Course in Baltimore, Wednesday. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place tomorrow. AP
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