05/19/2012 12:19PM

2012 Preakness Day

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1:20 pm: Preliminary winning Beyer Speed Figures from Friday: Agave Kiss (Miss Preakness) 106; Alternation (Pimlico Special) 101; In Lingerie (Black-Eyed Susan) 91.

There were back-to-back stakes victories yesterday by New York-breds -- Agave Kiss in the Miss Preakness and Fiddlers Patriot in the Turf Sprint. Also, there are three New York-breds in the Preakness field of 11. Can you name them? (answer two paragraphs down.)

Fast and firm at Pimlico, with the first four in the books (not including the Arabian race run between the official 3rd and 4th) and nine to go. First four winners paid $4.00, $3.40, $4.00 and $2.20.

The 50-cent Jackpot pick-5, with a $168k carryover and a mandatory payout into closing day, begins at 3:12 pm with the G3 Maryland Sprint, followed by the James W. Murphy, the G3 DuPont Distaff, the G2 Dixie and the Preakness.

New York-breds in the Preakness: Pretension (by Bluegrass Cat), Zetterholm (by Silver Train) and Went the Day Well (by Proud Citizen).

 

2:15 pm: Here's the lineup for the pick-5, which is now a 7x10x8x11x11 proposition after three scratches in the Maryland Sprint, two in the Murphy and one in the DuPont:

 

Only three dirt races so far, but Paynter's time of 1:42.96 winning an open allowance race for 3-year-olds in the 4th suggests the track is quicker than it was yesterday, when In Lingerie ran 1:52.07 for 9f in the Black-Eyed Susan and Alternation needed 1:57.60 to complete the 9.5f Pimlico Special. Paynter, a stablemate of Bodemeister who was second in the Derby Trial and 4th beaten 3 3/4 lengths by I'll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby, won the 4th by 5 3/4 lengths over Brimstone Island, who was being considered for the Preakness.

 

3:00 pm: Here's the pick-5 play:

 

3:20 pm: Hamazing Destiny ($7.80), winless since finishing 2nd in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint, got the perfect trip stalking duelling leaders from third and finishing well to win the G3 Maryland Sprint Handicap. No one in the field of 7 had won a graded stakes before, and Hamazing Destiny deserved one in his ledger, having been keeping much better company than his opponents.

The victory snapped a 0-for-116 streak for trainer D. Wayne Lukas in graded stakes dating back to Dublin's victory in the 2009 Hopeful at Saratoga. Almost two-thirds of those starters were 10-1 or better.

Hamazing Destiny completed a pick-4 that paid $1,663.20 for $2 ($415.80 for $0.50), a pretty fat payoff for winners who went off at 3-1, 7-2, 9-2 and 5-2.

 

4:05 pm: D. Wayne again, as 8-1 Skyring held on to win the ungraded James W. Murphy for 3-year-olds on the grass. The winner is an English Channel colt who was making his grass debut after poor dirt and synth efforts in the Illinois Derby and Lexington. Lukas sends out ML favorite Absinthe Minded in the upcoming DuPont Distaff and Optimizer in the Preakness. Hamazing Destiny, Skyring Absinthe Minded and Optimizer all ran 14 or 15 days ago on Oaks or Derby Day.

 

4:50 pm: Awesomemundo ($4.80) wore down Love and Pride in deep stretch to win the G3 DuPont Distaff by a nose after a slightly bumpy stretch duel. Awesomemundo was away slowly and trailed early, was out of the picture turning for hom but came relentlessly down the center of the track. There was a stewards' inquiry into contact between the two but the head-ons made it look like the runner-up's fault for bearing out and the order of finish was not changed.

Awesomemundo, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.70, making Paynter's earlier victory in 1:42.96 look even better.

 

5:30 pm: Looks like Hudson Steele won the Dixie and paid $8.20 but I haven't seen the race since NBC didn't show it but it was blacked out on HRTV. The winner, a 5-year-old Johannesburg gelding trained by Todd Pletcher, won the local prep for this (the $55k Henry Clark April 28) off a 51-week layoff.

Haven't seen any willpays yet but will post them when I do. I'm alive in the pick-5 for $1.00 to Bodemeister (3 A's/2 B's) and 50 cents to Creative Cause and I'll Have Another for 50 cents (all A's and B's). 

 

5:45 pm: Here are the $2 willpays for the double, pick-3 and pick-4. Can't find Pick-5 willpays online.

 

6:40 pm: On to the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line for the first time since Big Brown tried and failed in 2008.

This was a cleanly and fairly run Preakness where the top three all had every chance to run his best race, and there can be no excuses or strategic regrets. Mario Gutierrez delivered another cool and canny ride aboard I'll Have Another, staying just close enough to reel in Bodemeister once again. Creative Cause had a much better trip than he did in the Derby and still could manage only a distant third. I'll Have Another and Bodemeister pulled away from the field literally and figuratively.

Now we can spend the next three weeks debating whether I'll Have Another can do what 11 straight Derby-Preakness winners -- Spectacular Bid, Pleasant Colony, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones and Big Brown -- could not: Win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

 

Robert Healy More than 1 year ago
Bodemiester brought to mind another runner who always ran to win and wanted no part of a place finish, Steve Prefontaine. (Win or Go Home) I don't remember who won the Olympic Gold except he was, I think, the expected Kenyan champion , But I remember the way Steve knew he couldn't out kick the favorites, so he went for the WIN. Pop it up and watch it. (or watch it again)
Ernesto Crosby More than 1 year ago
The humble young man from Veracruz, Mexico will shock the world come June 9,2012. TheLa Virgin Morena Guadalupe will see to it. Suerte Mario, Ernesto
john jenkinson More than 1 year ago
NBC coverage was horrible. Pincay is the only person on there worth watching. I also love Jerry Bailey on the NBC sports network. Hammond, Moss and Stevens all love to hear themselves talk and add little to the coverage. I'd rather watch TVG. I can't believe they had 2.5 hours to cover a 2 minute race and they could not show races 10 and 11. How mant times do we need to see Bafferts 8yo kid (who speaks like a 3yo) talk about Bodemeister or talk to that thief Reddam (who feasts on peoples financial misfortune and employs the Dutrow of the west.) Show us horseracing and not idiotic people magazine like features about hats or good eateries in the Baltimore area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually just ignore most of the malicious comments thrown Bob Baffert's way; however, when a young child is maligned it is hard to look the other way. I happen to know that Bode Baffert is a very articulate child with above average intelligence; I'm sure that the media onslaught this Derby season, especially in light of all of the happenings in his life recently, has been overwhelming and very intimidating for such a young child. It's obvious that you have personal experience with the national media as a seven year old (Bode's actual age); maybe you should contact the Baffert's and offer the name of your childhood PR expert for future reference.
IHAnother More than 1 year ago
One of my handicapping principles is when horses are trying something none of them have done before, expect the unexpected. The Belmont is a distance most if not all of the starters not only haven't run before, but probably will never run again. If goof horses like Da Tara and Sarava can win -anything can happen. I've obviously got an attachment to IHA, which preceded my Bode/IHA exactor box in the Derby, but two of my past TripleCrown favorites, Sunday Silence and Charismatic, both lost. So I've got everything crossed for the next three weeks
trytrytryx3 More than 1 year ago
great recap Steven..thanks
freecharm More than 1 year ago
Hi, Steve This is probably the wrong place for this kind of request, but is there any chance you (as DRF Publisher) would provide us with the past performances of all the Triple Crown winners, either for a price or gratis? If not, do you know or can you find out this - I have it in my head that Whirlaway was the only TC winner who had NOT raced over the Belmont strip prior to winning the Belmont Stakes. Am I right? If so, how daunting a task will it be for a horse, trainer and rider not very familiar with 'Big Sandy' (with its turns nearly an eighth of a mile longer than the mile tracks)? With that in mind, I see the IHA crew's immediate move to NY as an excellent attempt to mitigate those concerns. Plus. I don't remember Longden, Vanberg, Wittingham, Baffert, or Lukas doing anything like that. Do you? Think it'll work? .
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
It's OK, he never ran at Churchill or Pimlico either. You should be more concerned about slops.
freecharm More than 1 year ago
Churchill and Pimlico (and SA) are mile tracks, Belmont is 50 percent larger, I think that has an impact. If Mr. Crist had gone back to the prior decade, you'd see that Majestic Prince would have been the first of six SoCal-based colts to come into the Belmont with a shot at the TC; since 1969 - Majestic Prince (wasn't nearly 100 percent), Alysheba (just rfewards for Bet Twice fans), Sunday Silence (lost to Shug and the house horse), Silver Charm (Touch Gold just better that day) Real Quiet (Desormeaux jumped the gun) and Charismatic (hurt in the homestretch). Except for maybe the last, I don't think any had even seen Belmont let alone raced over it. Yes, a wet track could also do IHA in, so let's root for sunny skies!
Jake More than 1 year ago
DRF is selling what they call an "Advanced" edition for the Belmont. It should be an "advance" edition. Your copy editor was out to lunch on this one.
Tom More than 1 year ago
Of course NBC is a joke, not only did they not show The Dixie a race that is older than The Preakness. They NEVER showed the Preakness payoffs, these people are just so full of themselves. I noticed that both the Derby & Preakness broadcast seem to be all about Gary Stevens making him the center of attention. Gary this, Gary that, what would you do Gary. Stevens is an egotistical ass.
ML-NJ More than 1 year ago
It took nearly ten minutes after the race before they even mentioned who ran third! (I know CC was running third, but he dropped out of the picture at the end and so I could not tell if he had been passed.) And forget the others!
RailbirdPete More than 1 year ago
Don't you guys have a computer.??...Go to Pimlico home site and watch free live streaming...Most major tracks offer it.
srw1201 More than 1 year ago
bodemeister got a tad tired, not much but the credit goes to I'll Have Another for his tremendous stretch run...he made up a lot of ground and no other horse could do that. I do predict I'll have Another wins Belmont as basically he only has to beat union rags and Dullanhan....I think he has no problem winning belmont stakes fairly easily. He can lay close to pace and take the lead before they hit the stretch and win for fun.