2019 Preakness Stakes Contenders
Notes and Information about the Preakness Stakes Contenders
There are typically 10 horses that enter the gates for the second leg of the Triple Crown, which is half the number found in the Kentucky Derby. With plenty of new comers running in the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, after skipping the Run for the Roses, we will see who can match the talent of the returning Kentucky Derby veterans Improbable, War of Will, Win Win Win and Bodexpress. The race may fall to pace and running style.
The 2019 Preakness Stakes is set to run on May 18th at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, MD. NBC will be offering its full blown coverage of the event beginning at 2:30pm ET, with TwinSpires also broadcasting the event on desktop and mobile devices. Below is a rundown of the field of probable contenders.
Improbable (Derby Veteran - 5-2 to win 2019 Preakness)
Improbable receives classic heft from his dam’s side. He is the first surviving foal from the four-time winner Rare Event, a daughter of Hall of Famer and stamina influence A.P. Indy. Rare Event is herself out of a half-sister to $2.6 million-earner Hard Spun, the 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) runner-up. This is the further family of Little Current, the 1974 Preakness (G1) and Belmont (G1) champion, as well as 1963 Derby and Belmont star Chateaugay and his champion sister Primonetta.
War of Will (Derby Veteran - 4-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
War of Will is bred for greatness, too. He is by top sire War Front, who is responsible for at least 79 stakes winners and eight champions. Though War Front was a dirt specialist who never raced on the green, the top progeny of the Grade-2 winning son of Danzig have mainly been turf standouts, both here and abroad.
Win Win Win (Derby Veteran - 15-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
The lone Florida-bred in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1), Win Win Win is a homebred who grew up at Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud. The 4,500-acre spread near Ocala is home to a commercial cattle operation along with the Thoroughbred farm and training facility.
Bodexpress (Derby Veteran - 20-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Over the winter, Remsen (G2) hero Maximus Mischief appeared well on his way to the first Saturday in May, only to sustain an injury and end up being retired. And a Mulholland-bred who was totally off the radar until his surprising second in the Florida Derby (G1), the maiden Bodexpress, was still on the outside looking in – until the scratch of morning-line favorite Omaha Beach.
Anothertwistafate (Automatic Birth - 6-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
The dark bay colt didn’t show much on debut at Santa Anita Park in November when facing maiden special weight foes in a sprint. He showed some interest at the break before stopping early and finishing 15 lengths behind the winner while ninth.
Alwaysmining (Automatic Birth - 8-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
The son of Stay Thirsty graduated in his fourth career start in June, driving home a clear maiden winner at Laurel in a 5 1/2-furlong dash. Following a pair of unplaced results, the Maryland-bred was a 10-length allowance victory at Laurel, and the gelding led throughout in a pair of subsequent stakes tallies to conclude his juvenile campaign.
Laughing Fox (Automatic Birth - 20-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of classic winner Union Rags was unplaced in a pair of one-turn maidens as a juvenile. He finished seventh on debut at Saratoga followed by an improved effort while fifth at Churchill Downs, both coming at seven furlongs.
Signalman (New Shooter - 30-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Bred by Monticule, the breeder of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) champion Big Brown, Signalman was sold to trainer Kenny McPeek for $32,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October. The price was modest, but a good one in the context of his parents. General Quarters had already been exported to Turkey when Signalman was a weanling, around the same time that dam Trip South brought a scant $1,700 at Keeneland November.
Bourbon War (New Shooter - 12-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Bourbon War debuted at Aqueduct in November in a race that was originally scheduled for the turf. The son of Tapit tracked the early tempo before proving to be much-the-best in the one-mile maiden special weight event, crossing the line more than two lengths clear in a smart showing. He concluded his brief juvenile campaign with a fourth-place run in the Remsen (G2) behind Blue Grass (G2) winner Vekoma.
Owendale (New Shooter - 10-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Owendale didn't send signals that he would be a classic performer early on in his career. The son of Into Mischief finished fourth at Ellis Park in each of his first two outings in the summer before ultimately graduating third time out at Indiana Grand going one mile.
Warrior's Charge (New Shooter - 12-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Warrior's Charge has won or placed in each of his five lifetime assignments. The son of Munnings ran well in his lone juvenile outing at Churchill Downs in November. He broke slowest of all from the 11 post but rallied into contention to finish a nice third, two lengths adrift subsequent multiple stakes winner Gray Attempt.
Market King (New Shooter - 30-1 to win 2019 Preakness Stakes)
Distant third to Omaha Beach and Game Winner in the second Rebel (G2) division exits an 11th in the Blue Grass