Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is favourite amongst 9 Preakness Stakes entries


Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is favorite among 9 Preakness Stakes entries

Epicenter has been save in because the morning-line favourite for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. List by John Sommers II/UPI | License List

Might presumably perhaps presumably additionally merely 16 (UPI) — Of the 20 horses that went to the post in the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown, handiest three of them serene shall be around to load into the starting gate Saturday at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore for the 2d leg, the Preakness Stakes.

Six “new shooters” be a part of Epicenter, the Derby runner-up, Simplification, who carried out fourth at Churchill Downs, and Cheerful Jack, who bought residence 14th, 19 lengths in the help of the upset winner, Prosperous Strike, to do up a nine-horse field for the Preakness.

Prosperous Strike is amongst those sitting out the Preakness, leaving Epicenter because the 6-5 favourite on Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker David Feustle’s morning line for Saturday’s bustle.

He drew the No. 8 gate with Wood Memorial Stakes runner-up Early Vote casting because the 2d-favourite while exiting gate No. 5.

And while the Derby winner is out, the Kentucky Oaks winner is in. Secret Oath will strive to turn out to be the seventh filly to grab the Preakness in its 147th working. She drew stall No. 4 and is third-favourite at 9-2.

Epicenter has been stabled at Churchill Downs on story of the disappointment at Churchill Downs, the do he seemed on his methodology to handing over trainer Steve Asmussen his first Derby snatch. The colt is on story of of ship to Baltimore on Tuesday.

“He appears to be like to be vivid challenging,” Asmussen assistant Scott Blasi acknowledged Sunday after Epicenter save in a straightforward exercise. “I like how he is doing it.”

Secret Oath additionally has been at Churchill Downs and trainer D. Wayne Lukas acknowledged she likely will head northeast a day sooner than Epicenter.

Her owner, Carry Mitchell, counseled Maryland Jockey Club that Secret Oath’s scheduling used to be no longer crafted with a filly-towards-colts theme but, moderately, tailor-made to her likely.

“I correct look it as horse versus horse,” he acknowledged. “She appears to be if truth be told merely. Basically gain, perky, muscled up. I correct assume or no longer it’s a long way the upright bustle on the upright time.”

And while Derby winner Prosperous Strike is anticipated reduction on the Triple Crown path for the Belmont Stakes on June 11, he may maybe well even merely no longer gain Secret Oath there.

“After here’s over,” Mitchell acknowledged of the Preakness, “Wayne and I basically derive talked — I perform no longer care if she wins or comes in final. She’s getting a shatter for eight or nine weeks.”

Additionally of exhibit in the field:

Inventive Minister used to be supplemented to the field at a payment of $150,000. He makes his third career inaugurate up and first in a stakes bustle after an spectacular allowance snatch at Churchill Downs.

Fenwick took 5 tries to search out the winner’s circle, then carried out 11th and final, beaten 36 lengths, in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland when thrown into the deep consequence in his most most modern inaugurate up.

Skippylongstocking carried out third in the Wood Memorial in his handiest earlier strive on the stakes level and Armagnac, beforehand trained by Bob Baffert, used to be fourth in the Santa Anita Derby sooner than a hit an allowance tournament at Santa Anita on Might presumably perhaps presumably additionally merely 6.

The sphere for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, by post do, with jockey, trainer and morning-line odds:

1. Simplification, John Velazquez, Antonio Sano, 6-1

2. Inventive Minister, Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek, 10-1

3. Fenwick, Florent Geroux, Kevin McKathen, 50-1

4. Secret Oath, Luis Saez, D. Wayne Lukas, 9-2

5. Early Vote casting, Jose Ortiz, Chad Brown, 7-2

6. Cheerful Jack, Tyler Gaffalione, Doug O’Neill, 30-1

7. Armagnac, Irad Ortiz Jr., Tim Yakteen, 12-1

8. Epicenter, Joel Rosario, Steve Asmussen, 6-5

9. Skippylongstocking, Junior Alvarado, Saffie Joseph Jr., 30-1