2017 Preakness Stakes draw

Instant Action in 2017 Preakness Stakes Draw

No, “instant action” is not the name of one of the contenders from the 2017 Preakness Stakes draw. Instead it’s what can best describe the drama that will occur in the gates when Always Dreaming shacks up right next to Classic Empire to begin the race. They’re also – not surprisingly – the top two choices of the oddsmakers.

Always Dreaming will be the 4/5 favorite, a number that was delivered to him on Tuesday evening and didn’t change thanks to a favorable 2017 Preakness Stakes draw. Likewise, Classic Empire slotted in as the 3/1 second choice earlier this week and stayed that way after the posts were announced.

Lookin At Lee is probably the biggest benefactor of the 2017 Preakness Stakes draw after pulling the ninth gate. He will run as a strong 10/1 option on the board and try to prove that his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby was no fluke.

Flanking him will be Conquest Mo Money, a new shooter to the Triple Crown who will start on the outside as a 15/1 outside shot.

The most curious decision was to make Cloud Computing a 12/1 third choice. I expect that to change. He finished third in the Wood Memorial and second in the Gotham but hasn’t run all that well. He’s getting even better odds than Gunnevera, who is a 15/1 longshot out of the sixth post.

The rest of the longshots include Multiplier, Hence, Term of Art and Senior Investment.

2017 Preakness Stakes Draw

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Multiplier Joel Rosario Brendan Walsh 30-1
2 Cloud Computing Javier Castellano Chad Brown 12-1
3 Hence Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen 20-1
4 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 4-5
5 Classic Empire Julian Leparoux Mark Casse 3-1
6 Gunnevera Mike Smith Antonio Sano 15-1
7 Term of Art Jose Ortiz Doug O’Neill 30-1
8 Senior Investment Channing Hill Ken McPeek 30-1
9 Lookin At Lee Corey Lanerie Steve Asmussen 10-1
10 Conquest Mo Money Jorge Carreno Miguel Hernandez 15-1

2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Term of Art

Term of Art Statistics

Starts: 9

Wins: 2

Places: 1

Shows: 2

Total Earnings: $170,105

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Pedigree: Tiznow – Miles of Style, by Storm Cat

Recent Finish: 7th Santa Anita Derby, G1 (4/8/17)

Notable Wins: Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, G3 (11/27/16)

Term of Art rallies to win Cecil B. DeMille at Del Mar

Term of Art broke his maiden at Santa Anita and then entered the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 5 over the same track and finished 9th at 90-1 odds. Trainer Doug O’Neill brought him right back Nov. 27 and he rallied from off the pace to win the 1-mile Cecil B. DeMille (G3) at Del Mar in a race that was rained off the turf and moved onto a good main track. He’s winless in four starts as a 3-year-old. Term of Art made the cross-country trip to Pimlico Tuesday and had a jog around the track. He took his first gallop over the surface today, and he’ll wear blinkers for the first time in the Preakness.

Despite his strong breeding by 2-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, Term of Art has seemingly been outclassed in four graded stakes races since. He finished 4th in the Robert B. Lewis behind Royal Mo, who was scheduled to run in the Preakness but suffered a career-ending injury in the past week. Term of Art finished 7th in the Santa Anita Derby, running dead last for a mile and failing to make a bid in a slower race and stretch run.

Trainer Doug O’Neill says they are going to “roll the dice” with a horse he believes has classic-type ability. But Term of Art is another late-running big long shot that will need to run the race of a lifetime to make the money and factor into the Preakness Stakes.

2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Senior Investment

Senior Investment Statistics

Starts: 8

Wins: 3

Places: 0

Shows: 1

Total Earnings: $207,080*

Owner: Fern Circle Stables

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Jockey: Channing Hill

Pedigree: Discreetly Mine – Plaid, by Deputy Commander

Recent Finish: 1st Lexington Stakes, G3 (4/15/17)

Notable Wins: Lexington Stakes

Senior Investment final work at Keeneland before shipping to Pimlico for Preakness

Senior Investment broke his maiden in his fourth try Dec. 26. Following an allowance win at Oaklawn in February, he made his stakes debut and never threatened finishing 6th in the Louisiana Derby with a troubled trip. Trainer Ken McPeek wheeled Senior Investment right back two weeks later and he won the 1 1/16 mile Lexington Stakes (G3) on the short stretch at Keeneland coming from well off the pace to win by a head at 11-1 odds.

Senior Investment came back with a bullet 5 furlong work (best of 23) over the same Keeneland track May 8 in prep for the Preakness. He gets his first trip around Pimlico today, and this long shot will be very overlooked at the wagering window on Preakness day. However, it’s tough to not notice this tall, physically imposing chestnut colt.

Senior Investment has crossed the finish line in four of his last five races, but was disqualified from first to seventh in a first-level allowance score in January. While his trainer feels he can stretch out with success, Senior Investment’s career-best 89 Beyer Speed Figure in the Lexington suggests he has a lot of ground to make up against a stronger Preakness field. No doubt he’ll need a brisk pace to soften up the leaders, but Senior Investment looks like a quickly improving 3-year-old that is making strikes and will be one of the late closers looking to crash the Preakness party.


2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Multiplier

Multiplier Statistics

Starts: 4

Wins: 2

Places: 1

Shows: 1

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.    

2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Lookin at Lee

Lookin At Lee Statistics

Starts: 10

Wins: 2

Places: 3

Shows: 2

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $828,600

Owner: L and N Racing

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky – Langara Lass, by Langfuhr

Recent Finish: 2nd, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)

Notable Wins: Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes (8/6/16)

Lookin At Lee made a late run along the rail and rallied to place 2nd in the Kentucky Derby at 33-1 odds. But this Steve Asmussen trained colt won’t be such a huge overlay in the Preakness Stakes, likely closer to 10-1. Lookin’ at Lee is a solid, tough, hard-knocking horse. He got a great tactical ride in the Derby from his jockey Corey Lanerie, moving him away from the sloppy, wet rail early and then rallying to the inside at the top of the stretch where he was in 7th place four-and-a-half lengths back. He finished nearly 3 lengths behind Always Dreaming, but was also five lengths in front of the 3rd place finisher.

Lookin At Lee won a minor stakes race after breaking his maiden last August. He’s winless since, but has been fed a steady diet of seven stakes races. That includes the Arkansas Derby, where the late-charging bay colt came from far back to finish 3rd just behind Classic Empire and Conquest Mo Money. He’ll try to catch those two and Always Dreaming again in the Preakness, and the one-dimensional late-closer will need a fast pace to make the race turn in his favor.

Steve Asmussen is a self-professed numbers guy, and he knows Lookin At Lee’s closing speed in both the Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby proves he’s capable if the fractions are fast and the conditions are right. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be how this year’s Preakness sets up with few pressers up front, but Lookin At Lee will still get plenty of play at the betting windows following his strong Derby finish.       


2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Hence

Hence Career Statistics

Starts: 7

Wins: 2

Places: 1

Shows: 1

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $481,129

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Pedigree: Street Boss – Floating Island, by A.P. Indy

Recent Finish: 11th, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)

Notable Wins: Sunland Derby

Hence winning Sunland Derby

Hence was settled well back in the Derby, steadied off heels leaving the five sixteenths and swung wide before moving up to finish 11th. He was passing six tired horses at the end and trainer Steve Asmussen said Hence “never leveled off and didn’t run hard enough” in the Derby. But Asmussen, a 2-time Preakness winning trainer, was happy with how Hence came out of the Derby and had remarked previously that Hence has “tremendous talent”.

Hence was a ‘wise guy’ long shot choice in the Kentucky Derby at 15-1. He’ll go off at least that price in the Preakness, and the chestnut colt and Sunland Derby winner should get a better trip in the Preakness and fire a stronger closing run. The question is will he be too far back and can he show the necessary speed to rally off a moderate pace? Hence has proven speed and it will be up to jockey Florent Geroux to manage it better in the Preakness.

2017 Preakness Stakes Horse Profile for Gunnevera

Gunnevera Career Statistics

Starts: 10

Wins: 4

Places: 2

Shows: 1

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $1,137,800

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Pedigree: Dialed In – Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled

Recent Finish: 7th, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)

Notable Wins: Fountain of Youth, G2 (3/4/17), Delta Downs Jackpot, G3 (11/19/16)

Gunnevera finished 7th in the Kentucky Derby and was unable to fire down the lane following a less than favorable trip. But the impressive Fountain of Youth winner came out of the Derby in good shape, and his trainer Antonio Sano says he is “sound” and will be ready for a better run in the Preakness. Gunnevera jogged 2 miles over the Churchill track following the Derby and came off the track “bouncing” according to Sano. In his final work Wednesday morning at Pimlico, Gunnevera tacked on an additional 3 furlongs to his 1 1/8 mile gallop. Sano was very pleased with what he saw and believes Gunnevera‘s easy run and strong finish suggests he likes the track and surface.

Traditionally, this track is considered to be faster than Churchill Downs. Although both courses use the same dirt, Pimlico’s surface is firmer which allows horses to get better traction. Gunnevera will get a more favorable trip in the Preakness, and not deal with rain or a wet and sloppy track. He’ll likely be in better position to make a move at the leaders down the stretch. Recall Gunnevera was the 6-5 favorite in the Florida Derby, but had a terrible outside post draw at Gulfstream, where it’s most difficult to be positioned properly with the short run to the first turn. He couldn’t catch Always Dreaming that day or in the Derby, but Gunnevera’s combination of speed and closing ability makes him a contender at a favorable price in the Preakness.

With less front-running speed in this year’s Preakness, Gunnevera should be able to sit closer to the leaders. He’s a late runner, but at Pimlico, and especially in this race, you’ve got to have your position to the quarter pole. So Gunnevera will need to be a lot closer to the front than he was in the Derby.

Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith will take over and ride Gunnevera in the Preakness with regular rider Javier Castellano switching to Cloud Computing for major client and trainer Chad Brown.

2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Conquest Mo Money

Conquest Mo Money Statistics

Starts: 5

Wins: 3

Places: 2

Shows: 0

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $508,900*

Owner: Judge Lanier Racing

Trainer: Miguel Hernandez

Jockey: Jorge Carreno

Pedigree: Uncle Mo – Stirring, by Seeking the Gold

Recent Finish: 2nd Arkansas Derby, G1 (4/15/17)

Notable Wins: Mine That Bird Derby (2/26/17)

Conquest Mo Money runner-up finish in Arkansas Derby

Conquest Mo Money is a well-bred colt by Uncle Mo, whos trainer Todd Pletcher said was as good as any mare he has trained. The owners snagged un-raced 2-year-old Conquest Mo Money for a bargain price of $8,500 six months ago at the Keeneland  breeding stock sale in Kentucky. They’ve been smiling ever since.

Conquest Mo Money won his first three races in New Mexico including a pair of minor stakes in 2017. He then stepped up to graded stakes company and finished 2nd behind Hence in the Sunland Derby and 2nd by a half-length behind Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby.

Conquest Mo Money was slotted on the far outside gates in each race, but broke to the lead in the Arkansas Derby and sustained it into the deep stretch before Classic Empire caught him in the waning strides. He still finished in front of late closing Lookin At Lee, who went on to finish 2nd in the Kentucky Derby. Regular rider Jorge Carreno, 34, says the colt keeps getting better and took to the Pimlico track well in his first gallop going 1-mile Tuesday.

Conquest Mo Money is one of the few speed horses that should be on or near the early lead challenging Derby winner Always Dreaming. This colt has the talent, speed and pedigree to make a move in the Preakness and keep his perfect 5-for-5 in the money finish streak intact. He’ll have to be up to the challenge against more proven winners in the Preakness, but with odds of 15-1 or greater, Conquest Mo Money could trigger another solid payoff for bettors and his owners.

2017 Preakness Stakes Profile for Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Statistics

Starts: 3

Wins: 1

Places: 1

Shows: 1

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $171,000*

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Pedigree: Maclean’s Music – Quick Temper, by A.P. Indy

Recent Finish: 3rd Wood Memorial, G2 (4/8/17)

Notable Wins: None

Cloud Computing is a lightly raced horse who won his maiden at Aqueduct as a 3-year-old Feb. 11, 2017. He’s since run in a pair of stakes races finishing 2nd in the Gotham (G3) and 3rd in the Wood Memorial (G2). But his final 3/8 mile time in the Wood was a very slow :39.82  seconds, but he did make up some ground on a track that favored speed.

Cloud Computing has put on some weight since that race and his trainer Chad Brown says his talented colt will be fresher. Cloud Computing should be stalking or near mid-pack in the Preakness, but he’ll need to take another step forward with a stronger showing to contend.

Since the Wood Memorial, Cloud Computing has come back with three solid works including a pair of 5 furlong bullets in 1:00.20 at Belmont. He shipped to Pimlico yesterday, so follow his progress and adjustment on the track.

Javier Castellano takes the mount on Cloud Computing in the Preakness for major client and trainer Chad Brown after riding Gunnevera in the Kentucky Derby. Chad Brown, last year’s Eclipse Award-winning trainer, will be looking for his first victory in a Triple Crown race on Saturday with Cloud Computing his first-ever Preakness entrant.

2017 Preakness Stakes Horse Profile for Classic Empire

Classic Empire Career Statistics

Starts: 7

Wins: 5

Places: 0 `

Shows: 1

Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $2,153,820

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Pedigree: Pioneer of the Nile – Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief

Recent Finish: 4th Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)

Notable Wins:  Arkansas Derby, G1 (4/14/17) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, G1 (11/5/16)

Classic Empire was the morning line favorite in the Kentucky Derby and finished 4th. A troubled trip on a sloppy track saw him sideswiped and hammered off stride between rivals early, regrouped to pick up steam and went five wide on the far turn. He was interrupted in the stretch being bumped and carried out before churning on to the finish.

According to Trakus, Classic Empire traveled 75 more feet than Derby winner Always Dreaming. Trainer Mark Casse is eager to get his juvenile champ ready for a rematch with the Derby champ and show how tough and special Classic Empire is. A victory in the $1.5 million Preakness would make Classic Empire only the 8th juvenile male champion to capture the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown since the Eclipse Awards were created in 1971. It would also boost his career earning to over $3 million should he capture the $900,000 first place prize.

Classic Empire will be the second-favorite in the Preakness and is the biggest threat to derail the Derby champ. With the race a football field shorter than the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness requires the horses to get in a better position they like a little earlier. Jockey Julien Leparoux will get a better break from the gate and have Classic Empire stalking behind Always Dreaming with the best fighting chance to get first run at the leaders and Derby champ when they make the run down the stretch.