Derby Post Time favorite Friesan Fire, who finished next to last (18th) in the Derby appears likely to run in the 134th Preakness Stakes. Trainer Larry Jones stated that the colt will arrive at the Pimlico Stakes barn on Monday and workout Tuesday morning to determine if he is fit enough to run. If he does, Friesan Fire will attempt to rebound from his disappointing Derby run as did plenty of other past Derby favorites who failed to win the Derby, but came back to win the Preakness. Point Given (2001), Timber Country (1995), Prairie Bayou (1993) and Snow Chief (1986) are a few that come to mind.
Rachel Alexandra, the 3 year old monster filly who won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths, was purchased by Stonestreet Stables of Curlin fame and will now be trained by Steve Asmussen. Pimlico was contacted by a representative of Stonestreet Stable on Tuesday inquiring about a supplement for an unspecified horse but has not heard from the camp since. Rachel Alexandra is not nominated to the Triple Crown so if the connections are interested in running her in the Preakness, they would have to pay a $100,000 supplementary nomination fee.
Here’s how the race is shaping up…
Confirmed: Mine That Bird (1st Derby; Woolley / Borel) – arriving Tuesday evening (7pm)
Musket Man (3rd Derby; Ryan / Coa) – will not arrive until day or two before race
Papa Clem (4th Derby; Stute / Bejarano) – arriving Saturday; work Mon or Tues.
General Quarters (10th Derby; McCarthy / Leparoux) – arriving Tuesday evening (7pm)
Flying Private (19th Derby; Lukas / TBA) – arriving Wednesday
Hull (1st Derby Trial; Romans / Mena) – arriving Wednesday
Big Drama (2nd Swale Stakes DQ’d 1st; Fawkes / Velazquez) –on site.; works Mon.
Take The Points (4th Santa Anita Derby; Pletcher / TBA) – arrival possibly Tuesday
Terrain (4th Blue Grass; Stall / Prado) – arriving Wednesday
Likely: Friesan Fire (18th Derby; Jones / Saez) – arriving Monday; works on Tuesday A.M.
Pioneerof The Nile (2nd Derby; Baffert / Gomez)
Potential: Tone It Down (3rd Tesio Stakes; Komlo / TBA)
Conservative (2nd Lexington Stakes; McGaughey / no rider)
Rachel Alexandra (1st Kentucky Oaks; Asmussen / no rider)
Recapping Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 11 (Thursday, May 7th), based on a sloppy track & no turf races…
Best Bet Spank The Brat (# 5; 1st race; 7-5) got spanked as he caught an off track but wasn’t up to running his best and settled for third just behind the runner-up by a nose.
Longshot Rester’s Concern (# 6; 4th race; 57-1) was one of two horses I liked to be my longshot pick, but chose him because the other one Fleeting Thunder (#3; 8-1) was a 3 year old who tend to be immature in the Spring versus older horses. Well, the latter was immature but the fastest in this race, paying $10 to WIN. Oh well, right church, wrong pew.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, 52 on Rock N’ Bid (# 1; 3rd race off turf; 4-5) was entered for Main Track Only and the race was taken off the turf so this one got the overwhelming nod from the betting public and won paying $3.00 $2.20 and $2.10. A 5% profit raises the parlay bankroll just a few bucks(2.60) , but at least it’s still a winner.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 12 (Friday, May 8th), based on a fast track but still no turf races…
Best Bet: True To A Point (# 3; 4th race; 5-2)
In this short field of maiden fillies, she’s been a bridesmaid in 2 of her 3 lifetime starts and stretches out to a distance (1 1/16 mile) better suited for her bloodlines.
Longshot: Grant Me Sunshine (# 5; 5th race on the turf; 8-1)
King T. Leatherbury sends this 6 year old out who might be better off if the race is run on dirt instead of the turf. Only 1 for 17 lifetime, with a deep closing running style, her second race after a 6 month layoff could be a lively one.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $120.10 ($117.50 bankroll – $52 wager due to scratch + $54.60 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $55 on Street Magician (# 5; 8th race on the turf; 2-1) is graded stakes placed looking to make his turf debut for Michael Trombetta. Been away since last July, he flashes bullet works indicating a sharp race outing is imminent whether it’s on the grass or dirt.
Let’s hope Day 12 will be back the sun for all to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!