2012 Preakness Cheat Sheet
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
2012 Preakness Replay
Did you watch the Derby? Of course you did. Did you feel unprepared? We tried to help! Here it is two weeks later and you’re still in the same boat. Well, fret not, we’re here for you… again! Although we strongly suggest that you sign up for our Derby Prep Alert so you’re not so unprepared next year.
Here’s a little something about the 2012 Preakness field by post position. Be sure to check out our 2012 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet for more back story on the starters coming from the Derby.
1. Tiger Walk (30-1) – Ran in all three New York graded preps without cracking the top two (was third in the Withers). He’ll get blinkers for the first time, a successful angle for his trainer.
2. Teeth of the Dog (15-1) – Ran third in the Wood Memorial behind Gemologist and Alpha and showed some interest in the stretch, but the Derby performances of Gemologist (16th) and Alpha (12) don’t exactly flatter him.
3. Pretension (30-1) – Local horse did some Derby trail traveling to no avail (5th in the Gotham, 9th in the Illinois Derby). He won last out in a non-graded stakes by stalking an incredibly slow pace — apples and oranges to the likely Preakness pace scenario.
4. Zetterholm (20-1) – FOURTH – Has won three in a row since breaking his maiden, moving nicely up the class ladder with each victory, albeit in state-bred company. His high percentage trainer has given him solid works leading up the race, he might be a nice trifecta or superfecta filler.
5. Went the Day Well (6-1) – Had the fastest final quarter in the Derby while closing for fourth. Prior to the Derby he had been closer to the pace in his two wins. It wouldn’t be surprise to see him do better with a cleaner trip but plenty of freaky Derby closers did not deliver on the promise next out.
6. Creative Cause (6-1) – SHOW (3rd) – Put in a solid Derby performance for fifth and headed back to California to prep. He’s said to be looking good on the home front, but multiple cross-country trips might work against him.
7. Bodemeister (8-5) – PLACE (2nd) – Garnered more praise than the Derby winner with his front-running second (as evidenced by the fact that’s he’s the morning line favorite). The Preakness distance works in his favor for turning the tables, but the Derby winner is likely to be a lot closer from the get-go.
8. Daddy Nose Best (12-1) – Derby buzz horse did not live up to the hype and has not since had any buzz, but the smaller field and distance cut-back should help his chances.
9. I’ll Have Another (5-2) – WINNER – Kentucky Derby winner proved that his prior two wins were no fluke and he’s got the perfect position to stalk Bodemeister.
10. Optimizer (30-1) – No doubt many would love to see this guy back on the turf, but you have to think his performance for second in the Rebel is the reason his connections keep trying to make lightning strike twice.
11. Cozzetti (30-1) – Finished 10 lengths behind Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby (who didn’t?) and put in what was characterized as a moderate rally. Fired a bullet work in the slop in preparation, mud would help his chances but there’s no rain in the forecast.