The obvious leader on the board will be Nyquist, who ran an outstanding race against a competitive field to win the Kentucky Derby as the favorite. Despite allowing for a large field, the 2016 Preakness Stakes field is likely to be ten or less. The 1 3/16th mile race has previously been won by the Kentucky Derby for the past two years.
The runner-up at Churchill Downs this past weekend will likely toss his name in to the hat. Exaggerator ran an absolutely outstanding race but was no match for the sheer speed of Nyquist down the stretch. He fought hard to rally past Gun Runner, who also seems likely for the 2016 Preakness Stakes field.
Recent Kentucky Derby hopefuls such as Lani and Suddenbreakingnews, who finished 9th and 5th respectively, are also going to try and topple Nyquist in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Sharp Azteca is also pointed towards the Preakness Stakes field after a win at the Pat Day Mile, which was part of the Kentucky Derby undercard. Fourth place finisher, Fellowship, is also leaning towards taking part in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Mark Casse trainee finished third at the Holy Bull, Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby before landing fourth at the Pat Day Mile.
New shooters are also expected for the race. Laoban and Cherry Wine were both slotted as alternates for the Kentucky Derby but never made the gate since all of the originally nominated horses made the call. Lexington Stakes winner, Collected, is also expected to enter the race after missing the derby. Uncle Lino will also likely enter after winning the California Chrome stakes. Awesome Speed is another probable for the 2016 Preakness Stakes field.
The mystery of the race seems to already be Stradivari, who won an allowance at Keeneland but has yet to compete in a stakes race.
“We’re very excited that the Derby winner and a couple others from the race are coming to the Preakness,” said Georgeanne Hale, racing secretary for the Maryland Jockey Club. “It looks like we’re going to have good field sizes and great weather. All 15 stakes Preakness weekend look to be coming together and right now it looks like two fantastic days of racing.”
The 2016 Preakness Stakes field will hit Pimlico Racecourse on May 21st in an attempt to derail Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown.