Updated 2017 Preakness Stakes odds; Classic Empire trainer out to prove he has ‘best horse’: Preakness roundup
The week leading up to the 2017 Preakness Stakes rolls on with just one more day until post positions are drawn and the real analysis begins. The big news from Tuesday was the addition of Lancaster Bomber to a Preakness field that now stands at 11 horses.
Lancaster Bomber falls into the “late runner” category along with Gunnevera, Lookin At Lee and others, according to Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation. Zipse lays out how pace can make the race at the 2017 Preakness.
A look at the latest odds from the Westgate Las Vegas in advance of Wednesday’s post draw:
4/5 Always Dreaming
3/1 Classic Empire
10/1 Lookin At Lee
15/1 Conquest Mo Money
18/1 Lancaster Bomber
20/1 Cloud Computing
25/1 Senior Investment
40/1 Term of Art
Always Dreaming’s Tuesday morning workout “couldn’t have gone any smoother,” trainer Todd A. Pletcher told Thoroughbred Daily News. Gunnevera had “very good energy” and Conquest Mo Money “seemed to glide over the surface nicely,” according to the same report.
While the rosy outlook for every horse in mid-week workouts should be taken lightly, Classic Empire “looked really awesome,” according to a report from Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. The horse has gone from refusing to work out early in his career to now being praised for his professionalism, Walker reported.
Classic Empire trainer Mark Casse is eager to prove he has “the best horse,” writes AL.com’s Mark Inabinett. The horse came out of a rough ride early in the Kentucky Derby with a swollen eye, Casse said. The Classic Empire camp expects a smoother ride at the 2017 Preakness Stakes.
Horse Racing Nation’s Chip Gehrke offered more details on Classic Empire’s “terrible” Kentucky Derby trip, which the horse battled through for a fourth-place finish.
The “Bluegrass Wise Man” sees appropriate odds on Always Dreaming and agrees with oddsmakers that Classic Empire poses the biggest threat in a Q&A with Guy Martin of Forbes.
Gunnevera took it easy at Pimlico Tuesday but will pick up the pace Wednesday, according to Daily Racing Form’s Jim Dunleavy.
Bleacher Report’s Tom Sunderland has a look at the horses in the field that are best suited for Pimlico and the 2017 Preakness Stakes. Sunderland’s piece also has further updates on early workouts for the contenders and a note that the shorter distance could benefit Gunnevera.
Cloud Computing trainer Chad Brown admitted the long odds against his horse and said Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming would be “hard to beat” at the 2017 Preakness Stakes, according to Newsday’s Ed McNamara.
For Pimlico Race Course to preserve the future of the Preakness Stakes, it likely needs a $300 million to $500 million rebuild of the track, according to Jeff Barker of The Baltimore Sun.