Preakness field grows to 9; Pimlico Selections for Thursday

May 07, 2009 | Gary Quill

Preakness Week, which lasts longer than 7 days, is underway. As suspected, Mine That Bird’s upset victory in the Derby did not scare away many competitors. As of Wednesday afternoon, the 134th running of the Preakness has nine (9) confirmed starters, with at least four (4) others on the fence. This is great news for Pimlico because a large Preakness field usually equates to a larger crowd which means more wagering dollars. Here’s how the race is shaping up…    


Confirmed: Mine That Bird (1st Derby; Chip Woolley / Calvin Borel) – arriving Tuesday evening (7pm)

                  Musket Man     (3rd Derby; Derek Ryan / Eibar Coa) – will not arrive until day or two before race

                  Papa Clem        (4th Derby; Gary Stute / Rafeal Bejarano) – arriving Saturday; works Mon. or Tues.

                  General Quarters (10th Derby; McCarthy / Julien Leparoux) – arriving Tuesday evening (7pm)

                  Flying Private   (19th Derby; D. Wayne Lukas / TBA) – arriving Wednesday

                  Hull                       (1st Derby Trial; Dale Romans / Miguel Mena) – arriving Wednesday

                  Big Drama           (2nd Swale Stakes DQ’d from 1st; David Fawkes / J. Velazquez) –arrived Wed.; works Mon.

                 Take The Points (4th Santa Anita Derby; Pletcher / TBA) – arriving possibly Tuesday

                 Terrain                 (4th Blue Grass; Albert Stall, Jr. / Edgar Prado) – arriving Wednesday


Likely:        Pioneerof The Nile (2nd Derby; Baffert / Gomez)


Potential:  Tone It Down   (3rd Tesio Stakes; Wm. Komlo  / TBA) 

                 Conservative   (2nd Lexington Stakes; Shug McGaughey / TBA)

                 Friesan Fire    (18th Derby; Jones / Saez)


Recapping Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 10 (Sunday, May 3rd)…


Best Bet Expect No Love (# 2; 2nd race; 8-5) off the board just because the trainer was Dutrow… well, for the most part that’s why. Unfortunately for his backers, someone forgot to tell the horse he was supposed to run better than the uninspiring 6th.  

Longshot Dynadevil (# 5; 7th race on the turf; 20-1) was scratched as the day long rain forced officials to move all turf races to the main track.  


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day$52 on Blazen (# 9; 4th race on the turf; 6-5) turned into no action as he was scratched when the race was taken off the turf. 


For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 11 (Thursday, May 7th), based on a sloppy track & no turf races…


Best Bet:   Spank The Brat  (# 5; 1st  race; 5-2)

In this bottom of the barrel maiden race, this 4 year old filly boasts the best speed figure of the bunch and it happened to be on an off track. All she has to do run back to that race and she’ll graduate.


Longshot:   Rester’s Concern  (# 6; 4th race; 20-1)

This is definitely a bloodlines play for an off track as sire (Concern) and Grand Sire (Broad Brush) excelled when the track was muddy or sloppy. Forget the fact that this one was up-the-track as usual in his only off track effort. The comment was “Reared start”, he gets a pass for that. Another possible Longshot in here is Fleeting Thunder (#3; 8-1) who prior to his most recent race, threw the rider in the Post Parade and ran off, but was not scratched, then proceeded to run dead last the entire way. The fact he’s a 3 year old vs. a few older ones, as is Rester’s Concern, was the deciding factor in not choosing him.

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $117.50 ($117.50 bankroll – $0 wager due to scratch + $0 return)


SHOW Parlay Play of the Day:  $52 on Rock N’ Bid (# 1; 3rd race on the turf; 9-5) is entered for Main Track Only and odds are with all the rain we’ve gotten over the past few days, I feel confident that he’ll get a chance to run as the turf races will be moved to the main, sloppy oval. He’s head and shoulders above the rest of this group, so hopefully there won’t be so many scratches that SHOW betting gets cancelled. And if it does, then Friday is another day.

Let’s hope Day 11 will be back the sun for all to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!