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
From 5 ½ furlongs to a mile, Perform was a bust over the first five races of his career.
Extra distance turned the tables, and perform he did, breaking his maiden at a mile and 40 yards in March, winning the Federico Tesio at Laurel by a head at 1 1/8 miles on April 15, and now it’s time to step in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness.
“I think the distance is a big thing and the two turns is a big thing,” McGaughey said. “Obviously, we hope we’d get a little speed in front of us, which we probably will. In these races, they usually do. I hope we’re finishing with Mage and can outkick him.”
The connections are confident enough in their Good Magic colt that they ponied up a $150,000 supplemental fee to get into the race.
McGaughey is impressed by how this colt is developing, and he’s rarely run in a big race without feeling he had a good chance to win.
“Two turns on the dirt, the distance, the mile and three-sixteenths, the timing is pretty good,’’ he said. “We’ve got plenty of time in between races. He had a good work last Sunday with Lynch on him and, that’s what made up my mind that, along with his owners to say, ‘let’s give it a chance.’”
Post position: 6
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Feargal Lynch
Owners: Woodford Racing LLC, Lanes End Farm, Phipps Stable, Ken Langone, and Edward J. Hudson Jr.
Career record: 7-2-1-1
Career earnings: $130,956
Best Equibase speed figure: 98
Pedigree: Good Magic-Jane Says, by Tale of Ekati
Running style: Closer/stalker
Notes: Purchased for $230,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September yearling sale … This will be McGaughey’s fourth Preakness –his 2013 Derby winner Orb ran third, Easy Goer was second in 1989, and Pine Circle was fifth in 1984 … Lynch has one Grade 1 victory over his racing career – the 2015 Woodbine Mile aboard Mondialiste. Lynch is a native of Northern Ireland, raced in England and is now based Maryland.
|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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