Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is the site of the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness, run two after the Kentucky Derby. Derby winner American Pharoah is set to compete in the eight-horse field — including Firing Line and Dortmund, who finished second and third at the Derby, respectively — as the Bob Baffert-trained horse continues the quest to become the first Triple Crown winner in more than a quarter-century.
American Pharoah is the morning-line favorite and seems to have a good chance at winning with a small field in the race. But American Pharoah drew the inside post, which presents a challenge — only one horse has won the Preakness from the No. 1 post since 1987. With a small field, though, I think he can overcome the starting position to win the race and head to the Belmont in three weeks with a shot at the Crown. American Pharoah, Firing Line and Drotmund were the three best horses in the Derby and I don’t see why they won’t be the same today, so I’ll pick them to finish in the same order that they did two weeks ago.
My shot-in-the-dark picks
Win: American Pharoah
Exacta: American Pharoah, Firing Line
Trifecta: American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund
Superfecta: American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund, Danzig Moon