Four years ago trainer Steve Asmussen won the Preakness with Curlin, a lightly raced colt who developed into a two-time Horse of the Year. Two years ago, he came with another Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra, the first filly to win the Preakness since Nellie Morse in 1924. Asmussen will try his hand again Saturday, this time with Astrology. The son of A.P. Indy was co-owned by the late Jess Jackson, who also owned Rachel Alexandra.
U.S. Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Nick Zito like their positions heading into the Preakness Stakes.
Despite Nehro’s absence, the race is expected to attract the maximum 14 horses — only the third time since 1991 that 14 horses have run in the Preakness.
Trainers for Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro along with other candidates for the Preakness are watching the weather before setting workouts early this week at Churchill Downs.
A total of 22 horses have been entered for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, two more than the maximum allowed field.
The Maryland Jockey Club says it can break even this year, but only if a proposed state loan clears the General Assembly by April 11.
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