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Derby victor Always Dreaming gets fourth post for Preakness

Derby victor Always Dreaming gets fourth post for Preakness

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming will break from gate four under John Velazquez in a field of ten for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.

Thirty-five horses have backed up their Kentucky Derby victory by winning the Preakness Stakes.

Though the odds maker at Pimlico may not have been impressed, Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Always Dreaming, expects another close race on Saturday. With only one other speed horse (Conquest Mo Money) in the Preakness, Always Dreaming could get another flawless trip and may be on the lead from the start.

She was in the owner's box at Churchill Downs when the horse won the Derby. Always Dreaming will break from post posit.

In the Preakness, Casse envisions a duel worthy of a Triple Crown event. The colt has been dominant, including his semi-romp in the May 6 Kentucky Derby, winning by a combined 23 lengths. "He's giving us a great feel and shown us everything we're hoping for, leading back in two weeks", the New York-based trainer said.

When a horse is competing in a field of 20, a clean start is essential.

His second-place finish seemingly impressed no one.

Of course, it's become incumbent for the trainer of the Derby victor to bring the champ to Pimlico for a shot at making a Triple Crown bid.

That's what happened at Churchill Downs, when Lukas had no entrant but was overcome with joy while watching Always Dreaming approach the finish line. "It's No. 1 on our bucket list", Casse said. He is now better than even money according to the latest Preakness odds at OddsShark.com.

The second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown is on tap for Saturday evening, and all eyes will be on the freshly minted Kentucky Derby victor.

"The horse is doing unbelievably well", Pletcher said.

"I think (the post) is fine, " Pletcher said following the post-draw.

"The tank seems full, he seems eager to go, and we're just trying to keep him on the ground one more day", Pletcher said.

The showpiece at Pimlico race course in Baltimore follows the Derby as the second of USA flat-racing's celebrated trio of early summer classics.

PB: Let's say Always Dreaming and Classic Empire both get good trips. He gave Super Saver a breeze - or timed workout - between the first two Triple Crown races.

Always Dreaming should lead almost every step of the Preakness just like the Derby. He can do better than that, I just don't know how much better. And they're in the gate and he's a major contender in the Derby, and he just gets wiped out and loses all chance at the start. We're not overthinking it. Here's a look at the Sports Interaction horse racing odds and some picks.

Jockey John Velazquez, Always Dreaming's regular pilot and racing's all-time richest jockey with $364 million in earnings, has never won the Preakness either. It was quiet around Pimlico last week, when Always Dreaming practiced standing in the starting gate and visiting the paddock area where he will be saddled indoors on Saturday.

"If the situation presents itself and he's third or fourth or even fifth behind horses, I don't think it'll be an issue", Pletcher said. "He's quiet in the stall".

"We anticipated that things would build up this week with other horses coming in, and more people coming in".

"Always Dreaming will be right there, but if we break running, we can be there, too", Casse said. He is a game horse who has run hard every time out, and he should have a good chance of hitting the board in this race. 6, Peacock Racing Stables.


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