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Preakness Stakes capsules

Times staff writer Bob Mieszerski breaks down the field. Order of horses by post position, saddlecloth numbers. Post: 3 p.m.; TV: Channel 4 (Coverage begins at 2 p.m. PDT):

May 16, 2008|Bob Mieszerski | Times Staff Writer

1. MACHO AGAIN (20-1)

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Dallas Stewart. Jockey: Julien Leparoux.

Sire: Macho Uno. Dam: Go Donna Go. Record: 8 races, 3 firsts, 2 seconds, 0 thirds. Earnings: $143,761.

Comment: Looking to become the first horse to win the Derby Trial and Preakness since Tim Tam in 1958. . . . Two of his worst efforts have come on synthetic surfaces. Finished seventh against maidens in his second career race last fall at Keeneland, then was seventh in the Lanes End at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., in March.

2. TRES BORRACHOS (30-1)

Owner: B.Greely, J. Greely IV and P. Houchens. Trainer: Beau Greely. Jockey: Tyler Baze.

Sire: Ecton Park. Dam: Pete's Fancy. Record: 7-1-0-3. Earnings: $159,200.

Comment: Has finished third in consecutive derbies. He finished behind Autism Awareness and Nikkisgoldensteed in the El Camino Real five weeks before chasing Gayego and Z Fortune in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. . . . Lone victory came versus maidens last Nov. 23 at Hollywood Park.

3. ICABAD CRANE (30-1)

Owner: Earle I. Mack. Trainer: Graham Motion. Jockey: Jeremy Rose.

Sire: Jump Start. Dam: Adorahy. Record: 4-3-0-1. Earnings: $125,400.

Comment: Like Giant Moon, he is a New York-bred. . . . Lone member of the field with experience at Pimlico. Won the Federico Tesio locally on April 19, defeating Mint Lane by a head as the 19-10 choice. . . . Speaking of Mint Lane, he was second at 18-1 in the Peter Pan won so impressively by Casino Drive last Saturday at Belmont Park. . . . Has won all three of his races on conventional dirt.

4. YANKEE BRAVO (15-1)

Owner: Harlequin Ranches, David Bienstock, Richard Duggan and Charles Winner.

Trainer: Paddy Gallagher. Jockey: Alex Solis.

Sire: Yankee Gentleman. Dam: Vickey Jane. Record: 5-3-0-1. Earnings: $247,049.

Comment: Loomed a threat into stretch of Santa Anita Derby but wound up fourth. . . . Colonel John and Bob Black Jack were unplaced in Kentucky two weeks ago and Coast Guard finished fourth in an allowance race at Hollywood Park on April 30. . . . Finished third in the Louisiana Derby on March 8 in lone race on conventional dirt.

5. BEHINDATTHEBAR (10-1)

Owner: Padua Stables, Michael Shustek and Don Stanley. Trainer: Todd Pletcher.

Jockey: David Flores.

Sire: Forest Wildcat. Dam: Rhiana. Record: 5-3-1-0. Earnings: $277,100.

Comment: Continued to prove his affinity for synthetic tracks with a victory in the Blue Grass on April 19 at Keeneland. . . . The Preakness will be his second race on a conventional dirt surface. His other start was not pretty. He finished fifth at odds of 5-2 in the El Camino Real Derby on March 8 at Bay Meadows.

6. RACECAR RHAPSODY (30-1)

Owner: Jerry Carroll, Mark Guilfoyle, Stan Kaplan and Ronald Plattner. Trainer: Ken McPeek. Jockey: Robby Albarado.

Sire: Tale Of The Cat. Dam: Reflect The Music. Record: 6-1-1-1. Earnings: $148,391.

Comment: Ambitious spot for a colt who has yet to win a stakes. . . . One victory came versus maidens in a 6 1/2 -furlong contest last Oct. 25 on the Polytrack at Keeneland. . . . Stuck in neutral of late, finishing fourth in three consecutive graded races -- the Delta Jackpot, the Lanes End and Lexington.

7. BIG BROWN (1-2)

Owner: IEAH Stables, P. Pompa Jr. Trainer: Rick Dutrow Jr. Jockey: Kent Desormeaux.

Sire: Boundary. Dam: Mien. Record: 4-4-0-0. Earnings: $662,700.

Comment: Verified the confidence of Dutrow with an easy victory in Kentucky Derby. . . . Quieted those who said he could not win because he had only three races prior to the Derby and he was breaking from Post 20. . . . Main concern in Preakness is how he will react to returning in only two weeks. The quickest he has returned to action is the 24 days between his 3-year-old debut on March 5 and the Florida Derby on March 29.

8. KENTUCKY BEAR (15-1)

Owner: Bear Stables Ltd. Trainer: Reade Baker. Jockey: Jamie Theriot.

Sire: Mr. Greeley. Dam: Tate: Record: 3-1-0-1. Earnings: $100,200.

Comment: Was third at 27-1 in the Blue Grass in his Grade I debut. . . . Unraced as a 2-year-old. . . . Began his career with a 6 1/2 -length win against maidens on Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park. . . . Only bad performance came when he was seventh in the Fountain Of Youth. . . . Purchased for $42,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale in 2006.

9. STEVIL (30-1)

Owner: Robert LaPenta. Trainer: Nick Zito. Jockey: John Velazquez.

Sire: Maria's Mon. Dam: Company Storm. Record: 6-1-1-1. Earnings: $95,865.

Comment: Has lost five in a row since defeating maidens going 6 1/2 furlongs in his debut last Oct. 13 at Belmont Park. . . . Was fifth in the Louisiana Derby and fourth in the Blue Grass in two graded stakes appearances.

10. RILEY TUCKER (30-1)

Owner: Zayat Stables. Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Edgar Prado.

Sire: Harlan's Holiday. Dam: My Sweet Country. Record: 7-1-3-2. Earnings: $161,100.

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