Total Earnings: $187,310
Owner: Wachtel Stable
Trainer: Brendan Walsh
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Pedigree: The Factor – Trippi Stree, by Trippi
Recent Finish: 1st Illinois Derby, G3 (4/22/17)
Notable Wins: Illinois Derby
Multiplier won the 1 1/8 mile Illinois Derby in April following his maiden win at the Fair Grounds. His Beyer Speed Figure of 88 in the Illinois Derby suggests he won’t run with the top class horses in the Preakness. He’s finished in the money in all four starts and his running style is to sit back off the pace within striking distance and make a stretch run at the leaders.
Multiplier steps way up in class to face by far his toughest test in the Preakness, and he’ll be one of the longest shots on the tote board. His pedigree leans sprint, so the 1 3/16 mile Preakness will be a very tough challenge against a stronger field. Multiplier zipped home to edge Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby, and that colt finished 3rd behind Preakness runners Hence and Conquest Mo Money in the Sunland Derby.
Multiplier’s new jockey Joel Rosario is a New York-based rider and proven Classic Stakes performer with wins in the Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and a pair of runner-up finishes in the Preakness aboard long shots in 2014 and 2015.