2023 Preakness Stakes Contenders: Perform

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.’”

2023 Preakness Entries: Perform

Post position: 6

Odds: 15-1

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

Color: Bay

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.

2023 Preakness Stakes Post Positions and Odds

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
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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