The 134th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 16th now appears to be on track to have 13 starters. On Saturday afternoon trainer William Komlo indicated Maryland-based Tone It Down will run in the Preakness. Others who officially were labeled as starters on Tuesday were Friesan Fire, Pioneerof The Nile and the lone filly Rachel Alexandra.
In advance of the actual Preakness Post Position Draw scheduled for 5pm Wednesday at Old Hilltop, here are my predicted M/L odds.
Horse Trainer Jockey GQ M/L
Big Drama David Fawkes John Velazquez 15-1
Flying Private D. Wayne Lukas Alan Garcia 35-1
Friesan Fire Larry Jones Gabriel Saez 5-1
General Quarters Tom McCarthy Julien Leparoux 15-1
Luv Gov D. Wayne Lukas Jamie Theriot 50-1
Mine That Bird Chip Woolley Mike Smith 12-1
Musket Man Derek Ryan Eibar Coa 9-2
Papa Clem Gary Stute Rafael Bejarano 8-1
Pioneerof the Nile Bob Baffert Garrett Gomez 5-2
Rachel Alexandra Steve Asmussen Calvin Borel 2-1
Take the Points Todd Pletcher Edgar Prado 25-1
Terrain Al Stall Jr. Jeremy Rose 20-1
Tone It Down William Komlo Kent Desormeaux 50-1
This field has shaped up to be even better than the Derby. On Saturday it has the potential of becoming an Instant Horse Racing Classic.