Always Dreaming Career Statistics
Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $2,224,800
Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcherr
Jockey: John Velazquez
Pedigree: Bodemeister – Above Perfection, by In Excess
Recent Finish: 1st, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)
Notable Wins: Kentucky Derby, Florida Derby, G1 (4/1/17)
Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby impressively running along the front end and finishing strong down the lane. Trainer Todd Pletcher is pleased with how the Bodemeister colt came out of the Derby, and he’ll be the clear favorite to win the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes.
Always Dreaming shipped to Pimlico early and Pletcher said his colt was “fired up” as he took to the track early this week and then galloped out smooth and strong to complete a 1 1/2 mile work. Always Dreaming handled the Churchill Downs track well and then went on to an impressive 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby win. He’s the only horse in the Preakness field to win at 1 1/4 miles along with two races at 1 1/8 miles.
Always Dreaming has proven speed with push-button acceleration and versatility, and he has shown the ability to extend down the stretch in winning the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby. Now Always Dreaming will have to hold off some new shooters and fresher horses in the Preakness, where the 1 3/16 miles will suit him just fine as he tries to make it 5-for-5 in 2017.
This year’s Preakness field appears to lack early speed. Always Dreaming and Conquest Mo Money are the two horses that should be on or near the lead, but neither has been on the early lead in any of their races. However without fast fractions or a head-to-head speed duel, the race should set up very well for Always Dreaming. Jockey John Velazquez should have plenty of horse left as they turn for home in the Preakness Stakes.