DRF: Field of Ten Expected in Preakness

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According to a report by Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, nine challengers are expected to join Always Dreaming in the Preakness at Pimlico on May 20.

Of the nine horses, four ran in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Hence, Gunnevera, Classic Empire and Lookin’ At Lee, who almost caught Almost Dreaming on Saturday, will all enter the race, according to the report.

Javier Castellano, who rode Gunnevera in the Derby, will step aside in the Preakness. Mike Smith — who rode Girvin on Saturday — will take the mount atop the Antonio Sano trainee.

Read Privman’s story for the DRF here.

She won very easy last time, and the filly she beat, Chanteline, won back very easily at Saratoga closing weekend. We thought maybe we got lucky last time with the soft turf from the rain. But today she showed she’s just as good on firm turf. So hopefully she’ll can keep improving. Honestly, when Lull came to me, I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to hold her off.’ Because my filly was giving me everything she had. Her head was very low to the ground and she was giving everything she had. Very lucky that I was able to hold Lull off the last 50 yards. It felt like we were going fast and felt like we were finishing fast.”

Florent Geroux, Rider of the winner

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