The $1.5 million purse is likely to be on the line and the Easterner runners will have to step up.
A Longshot With Some Value: Danzig Moon. American Pharoah wins the 2015 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
This racer has a nice kick, there is sufficient of speed to try to collar and the worthiness is likely to be there as he is tabbed at 15-1 on the morning line.
The Pick: American Pharoah (Win)
Bob Baffert’s star American Pharoah should go favored and he has post 1. Looking back at some history no rail drawn entrant in the Preakness has hit the exacta since Tabasco Cat won the race in 1994.
He has had good trips however, you make your own personal luck if you have tactical speed; he worked as much as the Derby such as for instance a flat-out monster and still comes to the 2 nd Jewel relatively fresh with only 3 races this year. The Derby was run in merry-go-round fashion nevertheless the track was seemed a lot more tiring late in the day. In the last 18 years 9 Derby winners succeeded in this race as this runner was the first since Street Sense to win the Derby after an Eclipse Award at 2. He gets his possiblity to prove he is a super horse.
Dortmund is a classy son of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and has brilliant speed but after sustaining the winning streak, he would have topped out, as he couldn’t close the offer at Churchill. He’s in post 2 so Baffert doesn’t need to shuffle around. He acted up a little behind the starting gate Derby Day and after tossing his head in the starting gate, he broke solidly and note he took the heat of a rate duel in the San Felipe and despite losing a boot at the start of the SA Derby, he posted his career Beyer. There’s stamina in his pedigree as you go deep to the bloodlines you will find Lakeville Miss, who was simply a champion and she won the CCA Oaks at a distance and a half. Another major player.
Firing Line is on the outside. Consistent and now proven under fire in a super effort in the Derby, this horse should run big. When the horse which was in the post outside of the runner Itsaknockout broke out in the Derby, this racer was right to the pace mix. Going into the first turn in the Derby, rider Gary Stevens kept him several paths outside of the leader and made the eventual winner go even wider in great riding tactics and considering that he may have been tiring while he did not change leads, and was between horses, he ran super. The 6 weeks he’d off before the Derby should bring him into this ready primed for another improvement. Firing Line is also fighting a bit of history as the Derby runner-up has not won the Preakness since Prairie Bayou in 1993.
Danzig Moon and Bolo were involved in a bumping incident in a reaction to Mr. Z’s antics and that hindered both of the efforts in the Derby. Not sure he was beating anybody in the lone win as the spot horse that day has not raced back nevertheless the show horse returned to operate 4th beaten over 10 lengths in his next race. Don’t be too harsh about Tampa Bay Derby as he was battling a virus. You can make a case for him to thrive with distance. Although his sire’s lone win was a sprint and dam was a non-winner, his sibling Global Express did win at a distance and a half on grass. Try to find him late down the midst of the track.