The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, begins Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite, as expected, and draws the No. 4 post position.

Trainer Todd Pletcher got a scare Monday when his prized colt stumbled at the beginning of his 1 1/2-mile gallop over the Pimlico main track. Always Dreaming settled down, and Pletcher took it as a positive sign.

“That was every morning at Churchill,” Pletcher told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s good that he’s feeling this good. We’re just trying to keep him healthy, and we don’t want him to make a mistake.”

There haven’t been any mistakes for the son of Bodemeister (2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up) since he started racing as a 3-year-old. The dark bay colt posted triple-digit Beyer speed figures in each of his last two races, the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, and appears to be peaking at the right time.


Here’s a look at his chances plus analysis on the nine horses who hope to beat him to the winner’s circle.

Post Time: Saturday, 6:45 p.m., NBC


No. 1 Multiplier (30-1 morning-line odds)

Owner: Gary Barber, et al

Trainer: Brendan Walsh

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Fast horse barely beat Grade 3 competition last time out.

No. 2 Cloud Computing (12-1)

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Skipped the first leg of Triple Crown but has gotten worse each time he’s been asked to run longer: winless beyond six furlongs.


No. 3 Hence (20-1)

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Florent Geroux


Derby field bottled him up but the Calumet Farm colt is trained by two-time Preakness Stakes-winner Steve Asmussen.

No. 4 Always Dreaming (4-5)

Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, et al

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

The Kentucky Derby winner has won by two or more lengths in four straight races. The horse to beat.

No. 5 Classic Empire (3-1)

Owner: John C. Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

The Juvenile Champion of 2016 ran a strong race at Churchill Downs, overcoming a bad trip to finish fourth.

No. 6 Gunnevera (15-1)

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables

Trainer: Antonio Sano


Jockey: Mike Smith

Swung five wide in the Kentucky Derby and couldn’t recover. Closing style won’t work here.

No. 7 Term of Art (30-1)

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

One-run-style horse who never rises to the challenge.


No. 8 Senior Investment (30-1)

Owner: Fern Circle Stables

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Jockey: Channing Hill

Won four of last five but has a class disadvantage.

No. 9 Lookin at Lee (10-1)

Owner: L and N Racing LLC

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Closing style helped pick up the pieces in the Kentucky Derby but won’t help win here.

No. 10 Conquest Mo Money (15-1)

Owner: Judge Lanier Racing

Trainer: Miguel Hernandez

Jockey: Jorge Carreno

New shooter with the lone early speed in the field is primed to hit the board.