Post positions were selected for the 132nd Preakness on Wednesday afternoon in the ESPNzone in Baltimore, Maryland. Instead of the connections selecting posts as has been done the last few years, this year the post positions were drawn in the traditional random order pill pull. A field of only nine was drawn this year, with Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense set as the morning line favorite at 7-5 odds while his main rivals Hard Spun and Curlin were set at 5-2 and 7-2 respectively. Take me to the entries now.
Street Sense's trainer Carl Nafzger said of his draw, "It's good. I got a nice post position. We're very happy with it. I like the 8. You can sit there and read everybody, whether the pace is going or not. If the pace is not going, you get going."
Hard Spun's trainer Larry Jones said, "Post 7 worked fine in the Derby (for winner Street Sense). This horse doesn't have to do anything to commit himself. He's sat off of them in the Lane's End and he's been in front in several races. We'll just let Mario (Pino, jockey) play the game as it happens. We're very pleased. It's a long run to the first turn. We've got plenty of time to let them sort themselves out."
Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available.
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.