The 148thPreakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course is set for Saturday, May 20. The second leg of the Triple Crown has a purse of $1.5 million, with the winner’s share at $900,000. US Racing will profile all the contenders. The post-position draw is Monday, May 15. Profiles will be updated with odds and post positions following the draw.
By US Racing Team
With an all-fees paid berth into the Preakness (G1) earned in February, Chase the Chaos surely will be among the longshots for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Trainer Ed Moger, Jr., says his gelding “could have a shot” at pulling off a surprise.
“He’s a picture of health. He looks great,” Moger said this week. “I know he didn’t run very good the last couple of times, but I still really like the horse … He’s a talented horse. Real strong.”
After winning the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 11, he produced two clunkers – seventh of nine in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita on March 4, and eighth of nine in the California Derby back on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields on April 29. He was treated for an exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage after the San Felipe.
Nonetheless, Moger believes the Preakness, at 1 3-16 miles, could work out well for what would be his first Preakness starter.
“He couldn’t look any better, so we’re kind of throwing those out and we’re going to work him this weekend,” Moger said. “I’m sure he will work really, really good.”
Plans call for the horse to be shipped to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Post position: 2
Trainer: Ed Moger, Jr.
Jockey: Sheldon Russell
Owner: Adam Ference, Bill Dory
Career record: 8-3-2-1
Career earnings: $123,950
Best Equibase speed figure: 98
Pedigree: Astern-Live the Moment, by Uncle Mo
Running Style: Closer
Notes: The last gelding to win the Preakness was 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Funny Cide … Other geldings to win are Prairie Bayou (1993), Holiday (1914), Buskin (1913), Layminster (1910), Don Enrique (1907), and Shirley (1876). Geldings were barred from the Preakness from 1920-1934 … Pennsylvania-bred was purchased for $10,000 at the 2020 Keeneland breeding stock sale … First trained by Robertino Diodoro and broke his maiden at second asking at Canterbury Park before transferred to Moger … Moger also is the trainer of Santa Anita Handicap (G1) winner Stilleto Boy.
|1||National Treasure||4-1||John Velazquez||Steven M. Asmussen|
|2||Chase The Chaos||50-1||Sheldon Russell||Ed Moger Jr.|
|3||Mage||8-5||Javier Castellano||Gustavo Delgado|
|4||Coffeewithchris||20-1||Jaime Rodriguez||John E. Salzman Jr.|
|5||Red Route One||10-1||Joel Rosario||Steven M. Asmussen|
|6||Perform||15-1||Feargal Lynch||Claude R. McGaughey III|
|7||Blazing Sevens||6-1||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Chad C. Brown|
|8||First Mission||5-2||Luis Saez||Brad H. Cox|
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