Analyzing the 138th Preakness Stakes
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Post position: 1.
Jockey: Joel Rosario. Finished third last year on Creative Cause in only Preakness start.
Trainer: Shug McGaughey. Winless in two tries, most recently Easy Goer (second) in '89.
Sire: Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy); Dam: Lady Liberty (Unbridled).
Record, earnings: 8: 5-0-1; $2,335,850.
Last start: Won Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 104.
Positives: Came out of Derby in great shape for Hall of Fame trainer.
Negatives: Rail post has one win in past 52 runnings of Preakness.
Post position: 2.
Jockey: Kevin Krigger. Trying to become first black jockey to win Preakness since 1898.
Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Won last year's Preakness with I'll Have Another.
Sire: Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday); Dam: Golden Works (Banker's Gold).
Record, earnings: 7: 4-1-0; $1,250,000.
Last start: 17th, Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 105.
Positives: Trainer won last year, best effort puts him in mix.
Negatives: Quit running in Derby, finished 49 1 / 2 lengths behind Orb.
Post position: 3.
Jockey: Julien Leparoux. Hit the board once in five Preakness mounts.
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas. Five-time Preakness winner, most recent Charismatic in '99.
Sire: Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy); Dam: D'Wildcat Speed (Forest Wildcat).
Record, earnings: 7: 1-2-1; $87,398.
Last start: Fourth, Derby Trial.
Top Beyer figure: 98.
Positives: Good early speed should assure him a good, clean trip.
Negatives: Classic distance will be big obstacle, overmatched.
Post position: 4.
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr. Louisianian makes first Preakness start.
Trainer: Al Stall Jr. Saddles second Preakness starter (Terrain, 7th, in '07).
Sire: War Front (Danzig);Dam: Leave (Pulpit).
Record, earnings: 5: 4-0-1; $628,000.
Last start: Won Illinois Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 97.
Positives: Well-rested after skipping Derby, looking fit.
Negatives: Only three of past 29 Preakness winners didn't run in Derby.
Post position: 5.
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik. Only third female to ride in Preakness, first since '94.
Trainer: Thomas Amoss. Saddled only other Preakness starter in 1998.
Sire: Midnight Lute (Real Quiet); Dam: Stage Stop (Valid Expectations).
Record, earnings: 10: 2-3-2; $477,695
Last start: Fifth, Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 99.
Positives: Was moving as well as anyone at end of Derby.
Negatives: Closing style could hurt in speed-favoring race.
Post position: 6.
Jockey: Gary Stevens. Won aboard Silver Charm ('97) and Point Given ('01) among 16 Preakness starts.
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas.
Sire: Awesome Again (Deputy Minister); Dam: Tizamazing (Cee's Tizzy).
Record, earnings: 10: 2-1-1; $383,500.
Last start: Sixth, Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 95.
Positives: Trainer/jockey have combined for seven Preakness wins.
Negatives: Tired in final eighth-mile of Derby, now comes right back.
Will Take Charge
Post position: 7.
Jockey: Mike Smith. Won aboard Prairie Bayou ('93), in money each of past four years.
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas.
Sire: Unbridled's Song (Unbridled); Dam: Take Charge Lady (Dehere).
Record, earnings: 9: 3-1-0; $545,371.
Last start: Eighth, Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 95
Positives: Bad luck in Derby cost him much better finish, positive jockey switch.
Negatives: Has never won at longer than 1 1⁄16-mile.
Post position: 8.
Jockey: Martin Garcia. Won aboard Lookin At Lucky in '10.
Trainer: Bob Baffert. Five-time Preakness winner, including Lookin At Lucky.
Sire: Midnight Lute (Real Quiet); Dam: Silverbulletway (Storm Cat)
Record, earnings: 3: 2-1-0; $444,800.
Last start: Won Sunland Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 96.
Positives: Baffert has five winners in 13 starts in second leg of Triple Crown.
Negatives: Will be making only fourth lifetime start, and two were maiden specials.
Post position: 9.
Jockey: John Velazquez. Hall of Famer is winless in five Preakness mounts.
Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. Only other Preakness runner finished seventh (Hey Byrn, '08).
Sire: Lawyer Ron (Langfuhr); Dam: Viva La Slew (Doneraile Court).
Record, earnings: 11: 5-2-1; $625,600.
Last start: 15th, Kentucky Derby.
Top Beyer figure: 104.
Positives: Bullet work Sunday, major jockey upgrade over Derby.
Negatives: Tired in final furlong at Derby, and stamina remains concern.
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