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Trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert shared a table at the draw.

2009 Preakness Entries

Date: 05/13/2009

Results: Rachel Alexandra wins the Preakness!

Post positions were selected for the 134th Preakness on Wednesday afternoon in tent in the parking lot adjacent to the stakes barn at Pimlico. Once again this year the post positions were drawn in the traditional random order pill pull. A field of 13 was drawn this year, with Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra, who drew post 13, set as the morning line favorite at 8-5. Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile is second choice at 5-1 with Derby winner Mine That Bird and beaten Derby favorite Friesan Fire ties at 6-1 for third choice.

The Woodlawn Vase, the permanent Preakness trophy, was on display at the draw.
Scott Blasi, assistant trainer for Steve Asmussen, was on hand to see which post Rachel Alexandra drew. He said, "I was just speaking with Jess (Jackson) and Steve (Asmussen) and we're very happy with it, being on the outside. You've got a long run to the first turn here. With having a filly in the race, what you're worried about is traffic and everything that can happen. In the Derby, when you break they all come together. I think it's a very good spot for us. I think the race will sort itself out before the first turn. We know that she does have good tactical speed and she should be able to get a good position going into the first turn."

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Pioneerof the Nile's draw of post 9. He said, "It's very good. I wanted the 9, 10 or 11. We got the 9, which is very good." While trainer D. Wayne Lukas was more ambivalent about 50-1 longshot Luv Gov drawing post 4. He said, "The 4 is OK As long as it's not the one hole. He comes from off the pace. It's OK."

The Preakness will be televised on NBC from 4:30 to 6:30PM ET with the race going to post at 6:15 PM. Free past performances are available from Preakness past performances.

Here are the entries with post positions and morning line odds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available.

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

1Big DramaDavid Fawkes3.00 John Velazquez10-1
2Mine That BirdBennie Woolley 5.40 Mike Smith6-1
3Musket ManDerek Ryan 4.00 Eibar Coa8-1
4Luv GovD. Wayne Lukas 4.60 Jamie Theriot50-1
5Friesan FireLarry Jones 3.00 Gabriel Saez6-1
6TerrainAlbert Stall Jr. 2.20 Jeremy Rose30-1
7Papa ClemGary Stute3.36 Rafael Bejarano12-1
8General QuartersMark Miller 2.69 Julien Leparoux20-1
9Pioneerof the NileBob Baffert 3.89 Garrett Gomez5-1
10Flying PrivateD. Wayne Lukas 3.67 Alan Garcia50-1
11Take the PointsTodd Pletcher 1.35 Edgar Prado30-1
12Tone It DownWilliam Komlo 1.22 Kent Desormeaux50-1
13Rachel AlexandraSteve Asmussen 1.55 Calvin Borel8-5

Miss Preakness for 2009 Heather Radford. She is an animal equine studies major at the University of Maryland and works as an exercise rider.
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