Beaten Derby favorites in the Preakness
After Dialed In finished eighth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, many handicappers will dismiss him as a contender in the Preakness because of that lackluster effort. But favorites often lose at Churchill Downs -- sometimes without a visible excuse -- and then come back to redeem themselves at Pimlico. Among the examples:
|1986||Snow Chief got involved in a hot early pace and faded to finish 11th in the Derby, nearly 20 lengths behind the victorious Ferdinand. The media ignored him before the Preakness, but horseplayers didn't. They bet him down to odds of 5 to 2 and Snow Chief led all the way to beat Ferdinand by four lengths.|
|1991||Hansel finished 10th as the favorite in the Derby, with no excuse. A forgotten horse in the Preakness, he won by seven lengths and captured the Belmont, too.|
|2001||Point Given had a wide trip at Churchill Downs but gave a lifeless effort and finished fifth as the 9-to-5 favorite. He then proceeded to win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in runaways.|
|2010||Lookin at Lucky encountered early traffic trouble in the Derby, failed to show much spark thereafter and finished sixth. He bounced back to capture the Preakness and became the year's champion 3-year-old.|
By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published May 18, 2011.