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2005 Preakness Entries

Date: 05/18/2005

RESULTS HERE!

Post positions were selected for the 130th Preakness on Wednesday afternoon in the ESPNzone in Baltimore, Maryland. As in the past, the horses were drawn at random for a selection order and their connections then picked their post positions. A full field of fourteen was drawn for the first time since 1992, with Afleet Alex set as the morning line favorite at 5-2 while Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was set at 6-1 as the fourth choice. The local hope in the race is 20-1 longshot Malibu Moonshine, winner of the Federico Tesio for longtime Maryland trainer King Leatherbury, a lifetime winner of over 6000 races. Malibu Moonshine will be his first Preakness starter in twenty years.

John Shirreffs and Jerry Moss
John Shirreffs, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, had the unfortunate luck of being the 13th to select a post, and he had just the two outermost posts to choose from. He elected to take the 13 stall, leaving D. Wayne Lukas to take the 14 hole as the last remaining trainer to choose. Shirreffs said, "I thought by taking Post 13 he wouldn't be the last horse to load in the gate and it would give him a chance to settle a little bit." When asked about not being made the favorite, Giacomo's owner Jerry Moss said, "The horse doesn't know what his odds are. We're okay. Whatever happens, happens."

Tim Ritchey
Tim Ritchey, trainer of Afleet Alex said, "He's trained well, he's eating everything, he'll be ready." Asked about his horse being named the morning line favorite and Derby winner Giacomo the fourth choice, he added, "It doesn't matter if you're 20-1 or 9-5, you still have to go out there and run the race and win the race, so hopefully we'll do that. Giacomo will be bet down a little more than people think. He is the Derby winner and he ran a tremendous race at the end and he finished strong. The fact that he's the Derby winner means he'll get more respect." Afleet Alex will have regular rider Jeremy Rose, who started his career in Maryland, aboard once again on Saturday.

Nick Zito
Trainer Nick Zito has three entries this time, down from the five he had for the Kentucky Derby. When asked about the difficulties of having 3 horses entered for 3 different owners, Nick Zito said, "This isn't about the owners, it's about the horses. This is horse racing. They're equine stars. So, I happen to have the right owners, who are high class people, quality people, and I have no problem with them." Asked about the posts, "Every one of our horses drew well. They'll do fine. They are genuine Grade 1 horses." On High Fly being made the second favorite, he said "No question it's a compliment. Jerry Bailey's on the horse. High Fly is no bad horse he's run some beautiful races. Even his Derby he tried right to the very end."

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star by the dosage indicates a dual qualifier.

Preakness Poll
Who will win the Preakness?

Barbaro
Bernardini
Brother Derek
Diabolical
Greeleys Galaxy
Hemingways Key
Like Now
Platinum Couple
Sweetnorthernsaint

Triple Crown quick links:

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L
Odds
1Malibu Moonshine King Leatherbury 4.14  Steve Hamilton 20-1
2High Fly Nick Zito 2.00  Jerry Bailey 9-2
3Noble Causeway Nick Zito 2.08  Gary Stevens 10-1
4Greeley's GalaxyGlen Stute 4.00  David Flores 15-1
5Scrappy T Robert Bailes 5.67  Rafael Bejarano 20-1
6Hal's Image Barry Rose 1.36  Jose Santos 50-1
7Closing Argument Kiaran McLaughlin 4.00  Cornelio Velasquez 5-1
8Galloping Grocer Dominick Schettino 4.00  Joe Bravo30-1
9Wilko Craig Dollase 7.00  Corey Nakatani 10-1
10Sun King Nick Zito 3.00 *Rafael Bejarano 15-1
11High Limit Bobby Frankel 2.50  Edgar Prado 12-1
12Afleet Alex Tim Ritchey 2.11 *Jeremy Rose 5-2
13GiacomoJohn Shirreffs4.33  Mike Smith 6-1
14Going Wild D. Wayne Lukas 1.91  Jose Valdivia Jr.30-1

                   NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll 05/16/05

     HORSE                  A-S  STS-1-2-3  PTS  PVS  PROBABLE NEXT START  
 1. Giacomo (15)            3-C    4-1-1-1  193   1   5/21 Preakness S.    
 2. Afleet Alex (3)         3-C    4-2-0-1  164   2   5/21 Preakness S.    
 3. Closing Argument        3-C    3-1-1-1  149   3   5/21 Preakness S.    
 4. Bellamy Road            3-C    3-2-0-0   93   4   5/21 Preakness S.    
 5. Don't Get Mad           3-C    5-1-1-1   83   5   5/21 Preakness S.    
 6. Lost In The Fog (1)     3-C    4-4-0-0   75   6   6/11 Riva Ridge S.   
 7. Buzzards Bay            3-C    5-2-0-1   66   7   5/21 Preakness S.    
 8. Summerly                3-F    5-4-0-0   61   9   6/25 Mother Goose S. 
 9. High Fly                3-C    5-3-0-1   55   8   5/21 Preakness S.    
10. Wilko                   3-C    3-0-0-1   49  10   5/21 Preakness S.    
A_S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, F-filly.

Other Horses Receiving Votes: Flower Alley-14, Scrappy T-13, Bandini-7, Sis City-7, Rockport Harbor-5, High Limit-3, Southern Africa-3, Andromeda's Hero-2, Greeley's Galaxy-2, Noble Causeway-1.

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