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Preakness Field Notes

It’s been an odd pre-Preakness news cycle; there are more articles about Hard Spun (here, Hard Spun’s early training; here, Larry Jones complains about no one getting in Street Sense’s way; here, Hard Spun as stable sofite, etc.) than Derby victor Street Sense (unless you include this article on sire Street Cry’s phone ringing off the hook in Australia and a good one from the Globe & Mail).

Now, I like Hard Spun a lot (and I’d love him on grass) – he’s got a lot of class and he has a fine chance to win, but this isn’t a Giacomo/Afleet Alex situation where it was clear the best horse did not win the Derby. I think it’s fantastic to encourage a rivalry, but let’s not underestimate Street Sense’s run in the Derby (and it sounds as though his gallop this morning at Pimlico went very nicely).

So, without further ado, the Preakness field, with my notes:

  1. Mint Slewlep – He’s no Magic Weisner.
  2. Xchanger – He is a nice horse, still outclassed in this company, but could easily finish in the money.
  3. Circular Quay – If there’s a fast early pace, i see him as very much in the game.
  4. Curlin – His gutsy third in the Derby shows he belongs, but there are two factors that concern me: 1) can he deal with a fast early pace after a tough race two weeks ago and 2) if it’s wet, how does he handle the track?
  5. King of the Roxy – I think he’d be great in a sprint; I see him as an early factor.
  6. Flying First Class – I see him setting a fast pace and fading.
  7. Hard Spun – It will be interesting to see whether he goes up with Flying First Class or if he sits just off the pace. He’ll certainly make it fun to watch.
  8. Street Sense – I love his post position, love his versatility – if anyone is going to beat him in the Triple Crown races, it will be Rags to Riches in the Belmont.
  9. C P West – He’s definitely flying under the radar and could figure in the bottom of my exotics – maybe.

According to MSNBC’s handicapping tool, my preferences give me a Street Sense/Hard Spun/Curlin trifecta (which is my Captain Obvious prediction anyway, but this is horse racing). The Preakness is often a chalky race…more later on the Preakness undercard.

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