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2009 Preakness Contenders

Updated: 05/13/2009

Preakness Results are here - Rachel Alexandra wins!
Entries and post positions are here!

The Kentucky Derby is in the record books and the only horse with a chance to be the next Triple Crown winner is now Mine That Bird. Can he do it or will someone else win the Preakness? Here is the latest list of horses planning to start in the Preakness. Right now, it looks like several of the Derby starters are planning to try the Preakness, but there are a few new faces and some are back who dropped out of the Derby to wait for the Preakness. A maximum of 14 horses are allowed to start in the Preakness, and it is looking like we may get there this year.

Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra may run in the Preakness for her new owner Stonestreet Stable, but they would have to pay a $100,000 supplement fee to enter since she was not nominated to the Triple Crown. If she runs, she would be the first Oaks winner ever to run in the Preakness. Because she would be a supplemental entry which would be last in priority to get into the 14 horse field, she may be excluded from the race. There were plans to enter two horses for no reason other than to keep her out of the Preakness: Indy Express and Luv Gov. The first is a maiden who is winless in 9 starts but is owned in part by Mark Allen, owner of Mine That Bird, and the other, owned by Marylou Whitney, just broke his maiden on Derby day in his 10th career start. Owner Ahmed Zayat, who had 22 horses nominated to the Triple Crown, has declined to enter another horse besides Pioneerof the Nile just to keep Rachel Alexandra out.

Later in the day, John Hendrickson, husband and racing and breeding manager for Marylou Whitney, the owner of Luv Gov, has said they planned to enter him all along, but if their horse would be the cause of keeping Rachel Alexandra out of the race, they would withdraw him. He said, "She is a star and I want to see her run. We've only seen the back end of her. We're craving for stars and she's amazing to watch. I feel like we all own her. We don't enter to exclude anyone; we enter because we think we can win."

Mark Allen has also backed down from his plan to enter Indy Express, likely due to all the negative comments on the strategy. When asked about the uproar caused by his strategy, Allen said, "I don't think we caused the uproar. I think that this filly being bought and them supplementing her into this race caused the uproar."

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available.

Triple Crown quick links:

Preakness Poll
Who will win the 2009 Preakness?

Big Drama
Flying Private
Friesan Fire
General Quarters
Luv Gov
Mine That Bird
Musket Man
Papa Clem
Pioneerof the Nile
Rachel Alexandra
Take the Points
Tone It Down

Big DramaDavid Fawkes3.00 John Velazquez
Flying PrivateD. Wayne Lukas 3.67 Robby Albarado
Friesan FireLarry Jones 3.00 Gabriel Saez
General QuartersMark Miller 2.69 Julien Leparoux
Luv GovD. Wayne Lukas 4.60 Jamie Theriot
Mine That BirdBennie Woolley 5.40 Calvin Borel
Musket ManDerek Ryan 4.00 Eibar Coa
Papa ClemGary Stute3.36 Rafael Bejarano
Pioneerof the NileBob Baffert 3.89 Garrett Gomez
Rachel AlexandraSteve Asmussen 1.55 Calvin Borel
Take the PointsTodd Pletcher 1.35 Edgar Prado
TerrainAlbert Stall Jr. 2.20 Jeremy Rose
Tone It DownWilliam Komlo 1.22 Kent Desormeaux
Off the Trail
ConservativeShug McGaughey 2.40 not going
HullDale Romans 3.00 not going
Indy ExpressJoe Merrick 3.00 changed their minds, not going
Join in the DanceTodd Pletcher 2.00 not going
Miner's EscapeNick Zito 5.40 not going
Mr. Fantasy Kiaran McLaughlin 4.20 not going

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