Archive for Saturday, May 17, 2008

The 133rd Preakness, horse-by-horse

May 17, 2008


1. Macho Again (20-1)

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Dallas Stewart. Jockey: Julien Leparoux.

Sire: Macho Uno. Dam: Go Donna Go. Record: 8 races, 3 firsts, 2 seconds, 0 thirds. Earnings: $143,761.

Comment: Looking to become the first horse to win the Derby Trial and Preakness since Tim Tam in 1958.

2. Tres Borrachos (30-1)

Owner: B.Greely, J. Greely IV and P. Houchens. Trainer: Beau Greely. Jockey: Tyler Baze.

Sire: Ecton Park. Dam: Pete's Fancy. Record: 7-1-0-3. Earnings: $159,200.

Comment: Has finished third in consecutive derbies. ... Lone victory came versus maidens last Nov. 23 at Hollywood Park.

3. Icabad Crane (30-1)

Owner: Earle I. Mack. Trainer: Graham Motion. Jockey: Jeremy Rose.

Sire: Jump Start. Dam: Adorahy. Record: 4-3-0-1. Earnings: $125,400.

Comment: Like Giant Moon, he is a New York bred. ... Lone member of the field with experience at Pimlico. Won the Federico Tesio locally on April 19, defeating Mint Lane by a head.

4. Yankee Bravo (15-1)

Owner: Harlequin Ranches, David Bienstock, Richard Duggan and Charles Winner. Trainer: Paddy Gallagher. Jockey: Alex Solis.

Sire: Yankee Gentleman. Dam: Vickey Jane. Record: 5-3-0-1. Earnings: $247,049.

Comment: Loomed a threat into stretch of Santa Anita Derby, but wound up fourth.

6. Racecar Rhapsody (30-1)

Owner: Jerry Carroll, Mark Guilfoyle, Stan Kaplan and Ronald Plattner. Trainer: Ken McPeek. Jockey: Robby Albarado.

Sire: Tale Of The Cat. Dam: Reflect The Music. Record: 6-1-1-1. Earnings: $148,391.

Comment: Ambitious spot for a colt who has yet to win a stakes. ... One victory came versus maidens in a 61â2-furlong contest last Oct. 25 on the Polytrack at Keeneland.

7. Big Brown (1-2)

Owner: IEAH Stables, P. Pompa, Jr. Trainer: Rick Dutrow Jr. Jockey: Kent Desormeaux.

Sire: Boundary. Dam: Mien. Record: 4-4-0-0. Earnings: $662,700.

Comment: Verified the confidence of Dutrow with an easy victory in Kentucky Derby. ... Quieted those who said he could not win because he had only three races prior to the Derby and he was breaking from Post 20. ... Main concern in Preakness is how he will react to returning in only two weeks.

8. Kentucky Bear (15-1)

Owner: Bear Stables Ltd. Trainer: Reade Baker. Jockey: Jamie Theriot.

Sire: Mr. Greeley. Dam: Tate: Record: 3-1-0-1. Earnings: $100,200.

Comment: Was third at 27-1 in the Blue Grass in his Grade I debut. ... Unraced as a 2-year-old. ... Began his career with a 61â2-length win against maidens on Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park. ... Only bad performance came when he was seventh in the Fountain Of Youth.

9. Stevil (30-1)

Owner: Robert LaPenta. Trainer: Nick Zito. Jockey: John Velazquez.

Sire: Maria's Mon. Dam: Company Storm. Record: 6-1-1-1. Earnings: $95,865.

Comment: Has lost five in a row since defeating maidens going 61â2 furlongs in his debut last Oct. 13 at Belmont Park. ... Was fifth in the Louisiana Derby and fourth in the Blue Grass in two graded stakes appearances.

10. Riley Tucker (30-1)

Owner: Zayat Stables. Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Edgar Prado.

Sire: Harlan's Holiday. Dam: My Sweet Country. Record: 7-1-3-2. Earnings: $161,100.

Comment: Six consecutive losses since he crushed maidens by six lengths as the 11-10 choice in his career debut last July 20 at Belmont.

11. Giant Moon (30-1)

Owner: Albert Fried, Jr. Trainer: Richard Schosberg. Jockey: Ramon Dominguez.

Sire: Giant's Causeway. Dam: Moonlightandbeauty. Record: 6-4-0-0.

Earnings: $223,535.

Comment: Looking to become the first New York bred to win the Preakness since Funny Cide in 2003. ... Fourth, two lengths behind winner Tale Of Ekati in a slow Wood Memorial in his last race on April 5 at Aqueduct.

12. Gayego (8-1)

Owner: Cubanacan Stables. Trainer: Paulo Lobo. Jockey: Mike Smith.

Sire: Gilded Time. Dam: Devils Lake. Record: 6-3-2-0. Earnings: $723,420.

Comment: Connections changed course earlier in the week and decided to run after saying for the better part of a week that they were going to skip the Preakness after a 17th- place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

13. Hey Byrn (20-1)

Owner: Beatrice Oxenberg. Trainer: Ed Plesa Jr. Jockey: Chuck Lopez.

Sire: Put It Back. Dam: Restraining Order. Record: 8-4-2-0. Earnings: $266,000.

Comment: Only blemish in four starts this year was when he was fourth, 153â4 lengths behind Big Brown in the Florida Derby. ... The Preakness will mark his first race outside of Florida.


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