Rick Lee's Preakness selections and analysis
The Preakness. Grade I. Purse $1,500,000. 1 3/16 miles, 3-year-olds
COMMENT Had a less than ideal trip rallying to win the Kentucky Derby, and the improving colt figures closer to the pace in this field.
1 National TreasureVelazquezBaffert4-1
COMMENT Is a multiple Grade I-placed colt who is adding blinkers after a solid fourth in the Santa Anita Derby, and he may be the controlling speed.
5 Red Route OneRosarioAsmussen10-1
COMMENT Exits a minor stake win at Oaklawn, but he is tested in graded races, and his consistent late run is well suited to today's extended distance.
7 Blazing SevensIOrtizBrown6-1
COMMENT Was a Grade I-winner as a juvenile and he has the best of connections, but his two races in 2023 suggests he may not have improved at 3.
COMMENT Followed a two-turn maiden win with an ungraded stake victory at Laurel, and he has been improving as he goes farther.
COMMENT Is likely to be part of the pace battle, and it seems his future will be in sprint races.
2 Chase the ChaosRussellMoger50-1
COMMENT Has done all of his best racing on synthetic surfaces, and at best he will pass a tired rival or two.
8 First MissionSaezCox5-2