Charlotte - The post positions have been drawn and a field of 11 will be lining up this Saturday for the 141 Running for the Black-eyed Susan’s at Pimlico Race Track. The coveted trophy, prize money and a perfect record are all on the line in for undefeated Nyquist this weekend.
With 8 newcomers and two returning challengers Nyquist remains the favorite. He won the Florida Derby taking down Mohaymen's perfect record and then conquered the Kentucky Derby over a fast closing Exaggerator two weeks ago. Today, new rivals enter the picture as the Todd Pletcher trained Stradivari has been receiving a lot of attention. He's sired by Medaglia d'Oro, has only three starts to his career and only one of those as a three year old. What's the draw to this newcomer? He ran an allowance race in 1:48 at 1-1/8-miles, which was more than a second faster than Nyquist's time in the Florida Derby at the same distance.
Can Stradivari beat two returning tested favorites Nyquist and Exaggerator? Perhaps, maybe. Stranger things have happened in the Preakness. The interest in this possibility is the reason why he's the only other horse in the field with odds favored over 10-1 along with Nyquist and Exaggerator. Exaggerator's impressive run in the Santa Anita Derby and his closing efforts in the Kentucky Derby are worthy of the possibility that he could possibly take Nyquist on this shorter track if sent into motion early by jockey Kent Desormeaux.