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
This Kentucky Derby (G1) winner is Preakness-bound.
Unlike last year, when 80-1 longshot Derby winner Rich Strike did not run in the second leg of the Triple Crown, Mage is all in.
After a Friday gallop around Churchill Downs, trained Gustavo Delgado gave a thumb’s up, and the ownership group could not be more delighted.
“Very excited. He’s had a magnificent week of training,” said Ramiro Restrepo, one of the colt’s co-owners. “Gustavo’s just really pleased and over the moon with how he’s come back [from the Derby]. He’s shown all the positive signs. So, it’s on to Baltimore and crab cakes.”
Mage, sent off at 15-1 in the Derby in a field of 18, came through with a strong stretch run and defeated Two Phil’s by a length, covering the 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.57.
He was 14th after the first three-quarters of a mile, before Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano took him about seven wide by the top of the stretch for his winning run.
A week before the race, it appears only two others who ran in the Derby will challenge Mage – Disarm (fourth) and Confidence Game (10th).
While the Derby champ will see many new shooters in the Preakness, he will be the one to beat. A victory would set up a Triple Crown chance in the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 10.
“It still really hasn’t sunk in that we won the Kentucky Derby,” co-owner/assistant trainer Gustavo Delgado Jr., said this week. “It’s been a surreal last few days. The most important thing is the horse looks great. He’s kept his weight and relaxed when training.”
Post position: 3
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Owners: OGMA Investments LLC, Restrepo, Sterling Racing LLC, CMNWLTH
Career record: 4-2-1-0
Career earnings: $2,107,200
Best Equibase speed figure: 104
Pedigree: Good Magic-Puca, by Big Brown
Running style: Closer/stalker
Notes: Prior to his Derby win, Mage won his debut at Gulfstream Park, finished fourth to Forte in the Fountain of Youth, and second by a length to Forte in the Florida Derby … Castellano broke an 0-for-15 Derby run with his win, and comes into his 10th Preakness with two victories – aboard Bernardini in 2006 and Cloud Computing in 2017 … Mage was purchased for $290,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale … Delgado’s only Preakness starter was in 2019 with Bodexpress, who reared in the starting gate, unseated rider John Velazquez, and galloped around the track before outriders safely led him off.
|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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