The second leg of the annual Triple Crown races will take place this afternoon from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, as fans across the U.S. prepare to watch the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes.While every horse in this race could realistically pull off the win, all eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming. A win at the Preakness Stakes would not only be another feather in the cap of the great career Always Dreaming is starting to build upon, but it would also lead to a lot more hype surrounding the upcoming Belmont Stakes in June because a Triple Crown attempt would be on the line.
Jockey John Velazquez celebrates as he guides Always Dreaming #5 across the finish line. [Image by Rob Carr/Getty Images]
Always Dreaming drew the No. 4 gate for the race on Wednesday during the annual post position live draw for the Preakness, and his trainer Todd Pletcher is more than happy to be starting from that position.
“I think [the post] is fine,” Pletcher said, per Mike Dempsey of OddsShark. “He was four in the Florida Derby and five in the Kentucky Derby. He’s generally a very good horse away from the gate. We’ll just come away and try to establish some position and see what some other horses are doing.”
“He’s done great [at Pimlico],” Pletcher added. “He’s training forwardly, aggressively, manageably — everything we would like to see.”