Kentucky Derby (G1) hero SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon) will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive when he breaks from post 8 in Saturday's 135th running of the $1 million Preakness S. (G1), and the Todd Pletcher-trained colt has been installed as the slight 5-2 favorite on Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli's morning line. Calvin Borel will be back in the saddle aboard the WinStar Farm homebred in the 1 3/16-mile classic.
Champion two-year-old LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike), who suffered an extremely troubled trip when finishing sixth from the rail post in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field, proved much more fortunate at the Preakness draw when receiving post 7. Trainer Bob Baffert will switch jockeys to Martin Garcia with the bay colt, and Lookin at Lucky is listed as the 3-1 second choice.
At 9-2, PADDY O'PRADO (El Prado [Ire]) is the only other contender at less than the double-digit odds on the morning line. One of two in the Preakness field for trainer Dale Romans, the gray colt wound up third in the Kentucky Derby after losing the place in the final jumps. Kent Desormeaux will be back up on Paddy O'Prado, who starts from gate 10. Romans' other runner, 20-1 outsider FIRST DUDE (Stephen Got Even), will break from post 11 with Ramon Dominguez.
Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) winner CARACORTADO (Cat Dreams), who exits a troubled fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), is a fresh face on the Triple Crown scene for Michael Machowsky, who will be saddling his first Triple Crown starter. Posted as the 10-1 co-fourth choice, the Southern California invader will be guided by another Triple Crown newcomer, journeyman Paul Atkinson, from post 9. Grade 1 winner DUBLIN (Afleet Alex), the seventh-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, is also 10-1 and picks up the services of Garrett Gomez, former jockey for Lookin at Lucky. The D. Wayne Lukas colt will start on the far outside.
JACKSON BEND (Hear No Evil) was never a factor when 12th in the Kentucky Derby, but the Nick Zito charge is expected to change tactics and show early speed beneath Mike Smith in the Preakness. He's listed at 12-1 in post 6. Tampa Bay Derby (G3) runner-up SCHOOLYARD DREAMS (Stephen Got Even), who will join the Triple Crown off a fourth in the Wood Memorial (G1), comes next at 15-1 and will break from gate 2.
AIKENITE (Yes It's True) and PLEASANT PRINCE (Indy King), the respective two-three finishers in the April 24 Derby Trial S. (G3), are both 20-1 on the morning line. NORTHERN GIANT (Giant's Causeway) and YAWANNA TWIST (Yonaguska), the longest shots on the morning line at 30-1, round out the Preakness field.