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2012 Preakness Stakes Preview - Likely Entries

2012 Preakness Stakes

Our horse racing preview will take a look at the likely entries into the 2012 Preakness Stakes field.


The Preakness Stakes is the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown and there are some incredible horses amongst the likely entries into this field.  2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another will be here, as will Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister.  We’ll take an early look at all of the 2012 Preakness Stakes likely entries and see if we can’t get a grasp on what to expect when post time rolls around on May 19th.


A $1 million purse is on the line in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, and the three-year-olds will be running a distance of 1 3/16-furlongs on a left-handed dirt track.  As always, Pimlico Racetrack will be the site of the Preakness Stakes and the race will be aired live on NBC along with 4 other races that day including the Distaff Stakes, Dixie Stakes, Gallorette Handicap, and the Maryland Sprint Handicap.


Although full morning line odds for the 2012 Preakness Stakes will have to wait until a bit closer to post time, Bovada Sportsbook does have a few lines up on the race early.  I’ll Have Another is at 3/1 to win the Preakness Stakes, while the Kentucky Derby winner is also available at 10/1 odds if you think he can bring home the Triple Crown.  Bet on the Preakness Stakes with these guys and you’ll receive a 100% cash bonus that is good for up to $125 in free money simply for clicking the link we provided in this paragraph to get signed up!


2012 Preakness Stakes – Likely Entries Preview:


I’ll Have Another – Winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby has now won 3 in a row after finishing 6th in the Hopeful Stakes in his last race of 2011 (his first ever on dirt).  I’ll Have Another also has Robert B. Lewis and Santa Anita Derby victories on his resume’ and is the likely 2012 Preakness Stakes favorite.


Bodemeister – I wasn’t sure this guy would carry his speed at the Kentucky Derby distance but he didn’t disappoint in a strong 2nd place run.  Outside of his first career race, only I’ll Have Another and 5th place Kentucky Derby finisher Creative Cause have finished ahead of him.  His sire Empire Maker also finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby before going on to win the Belmont Stakes.


Creative Cause – The only horse in the field that has finished 1st in separate races against both I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister.  Creative Cause hadn’t finished outside of 3rd place before coming up 5th in the Kentucky Derby.


Hansen – Finished a disappointing 9th in the Kentucky Derby and there are major question marks about whether his speed can maintain at the Triple Crown distance.  The 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner hasn’t won beyond 1 1/16-miles in his career.


Went The Day Well – Sired by 2002 Preakness Stakes 3rd place finisher Proud Citizen, Went The Day Well finished 4th in the Kentucky Derby despite being short on experience.  He had one career race outside of a maiden before his run for the roses, but this three-year-old should handle the dirt and distance of the Preakness Stakes without any issues.


Zetterholm – One of the potential new entries into the Triple Crown circuit after skipping the Kentucky Derby, Zetterholm has won 3 straight races at Aqueduct but has only raced once in his career at anything other than at maiden or allowance level.  He’s also never touched the Preakness Stakes distance and is sired by a horse that had success at a mile-or-shorter.


Trinniberg – Some had this guy as a dark horse Kentucky Derby contender but he ended up finishing a disappointing 17th.  He did had 2 straight Grade 3 victories before that day at Churchill Downs, but the level of competition he’s run against doesn’t place him amongst the best in the field for the Preakness Stakes.  The Kentucky Derby was Trinniberg’s 1st career race at longer than 7 furlongs.


Liaison – This horse seems to be regressing in a big way after finishing 2011 with back-to-back wins in the Real Quiet Stakes and the CashCall Futurity.  Liaison has finished no better than 4th in his 4 races this year, but he’s also faced some elite competition during that span and was an improving 6th in the Kentucky Derby.


Cozzetti – Another Triple Crown newcomer, but I don’t see much here.  Cozzetti took 3 tries to break his maiden and has since finished no better than 3rd against some very average competition.  He doesn’t look to be fast enough and is sired by a turf horse than only ran at a mile distance.


Optimizer – The 11th place finisher in the Kentucky Derby has a massive amount of experience but hasn’t won in 10 tries since breaking his maiden on turf.  Bested Kentucky Derby 3rd place finisher in his 2nd career race (also on turf) but hasn’t done much since then.


Tiger Walk – Last raced to 4th place in the Wood Memorial and hasn’t finished better than 3rd in 3 career tries at graded stakes.  I think we should see an improvement at the Preakness Stakes distance, but I can’t call this likely entry one of the true contenders.


Paynter – Was a solid 2nd in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs but has only 3 career races on his resume’ and his only career victory was when we broke his maiden.  Then again he’s sired by Awesome Again who was merely average before reeling off 6 huge wins in a row to cap off his career as a three-year-old so Paynter could be a late bloomer.


Isn’t He Clever – Was on the Derby trail with Riley Allison Futurity and Borderland Derby wins before coming up 2nd in the Sunland Derby.  An 8th place finish in the Arkansas Derby then pointed him toward the Preakness Stakes which was won by his sire Smarty Jones back in 2004.  Isn’t He Clever certainly has potential.


Brimstone Island – He’ll be taking a massive step up in competition if he joins the list of 2012 Preakness Stakes entries, but it’s looking like the son of Tiznow could be in the field here.  He’s finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in lesser races this year and has never been tested at anything close to the distance he’ll have to run on the 19th.


Teeth of the Dog – Took 3 tries to break his maiden at Gulfstream Park before finishing an encouraging 3rd in the Wood Memorial behind two solid horses.  The son of Bluegrass Cat does have some potential but he’s also short on experience and proven results.


Pretension – Won the Sweet Envoy at Aqueduct but then seemed very out of place in a 5th place finish in the Gotham and a 9th place finish in a weak Illinois Derby field.  This is another horse sired by Bluegrass Cat who should enjoy the longer distance but hasn’t shown capable of running it yet.


Hierro – The one horse that didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby that might have the best shot at figuring into the Preakness Stakes.  Hierro won the Derby Trial in impressive fashion at only his second career try at a mile or longer and is sired by a horse in Hard Spun that finished top 3 in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes back in 2007.


Guyana Star Dweej – Another horse with a ton of experience but not against anything resembling decent competition.  Guyana Star Dweej has finished 2nd or better in his last 5 starts but none of his 9 career races have been above maiden, claimer, or allowance level.  Then again his sire Eddington did finish 3rd in the Preakness Stakes back in 2004.


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