Always Dreaming is 4-5 early favorite for Preakness

"We just want a fair shot at him".

Pletcher added the colt had been aggressive and hard to handle during training prior to the Kentucky Derby, so he made a decision to send him to Baltimore three days after the Derby to relax while being prepped for the Preakness. "Except for one morning when he tried to buck Nick off, he's gotten progressively stronger". The 5 post just outside Always Dreaming is ideal as Classic Empire can shadow the favorite early.

Sure, it's the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

That they nearly always got dream trips was the knock on California Chrome and American Pharoah.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Charging hard down the stretch, Lookin At Lee barely missed winning the Kentucky Derby as a 33-1 long shot.

To date, it has all gone perfectly. He may work out the flawless stalking trip and save ground racing behind front runners Conquest Mo Money and Always Dreaming. Always Dreaming's talent is unquestioned. He's one of a few in the Derby that showed a particular affinity for the off track.

But Pletcher practically shrugged off the importance of the Preakness draw.

The big headliner remains Always Dreaming, as the Kentucky Derby victor trained by Todd Pletcher is a 4/5 favorite.

Lookin At Lee, the second-place finisher in the Derby, is the 10-1 third choice.

Pletcher dislikes running horses back in two weeks, but according to brisnet.com, since 2011 he has won 26 percent of his starts off layoffs of 11-20 days. "You don't have 20 horses, you don't have a bunch of horses that don't belong in the race", Casse said. "They really get attracted to the horse and its name". Thirteen winners have started from that post, most recently Curlin in 2007.

"I'm not seeing that with Always Dreaming right now". He was on the wrong end of a chain reaction that started with a poor break out of the gate from Irish War Cry and ended with Classic Empire being slammed by the horse to his outside. Even with a good trip, it will be tough to make up almost nine lengths, and at 3-1, he'll be no bargain. Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, was a 9/2 favorite at the outset.

The co-owners of Always Dreaming - Anthony Bonomo and Vincent Viola - aren't ready to look that far beyond Saturday's Preakness, but both hinted Wednesday that they also expect their Triple Crown candidate to continue racing beyond the Triple Crown series. Barring any more bad luck with traffic, the take here is Classic Empire will be much closer to the lead this time to try and make the most of his mulligan. "If he wins at Pimlico, I can tell you there won't be five people left in all of Brooklyn when the Belmont comes round". Fourth place: $90,000. Fifth: $45,000. The other 30-1 shot, Illinois Derby victor Multiplier, will start from the inside No. 1 post. He's got that high cruising speed, which can be effective in all races, especially the Belmont. Senior Investment (Channing Hill, 30-1): He's entering today off a victory in the G3 Lexington at Keeneland and there's something to be said about entering with a little bit of confidence off a victory.

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