Lookin At Lee eyes Preakness glory after strong run in Derby

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is washed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Wednesday

At the end of the Saratoga meet, the Bonomos merged their stable with that of childhood friend Vincent Viola, owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers, and his wife, Teresa.

The Preakness will be held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, where co-favorite Always Dreaming stalked the lead for the first half of the 1-1/4 mile classic before taking charge going into the far turn at Churchill Downs. Brands extended his perfection to four victories in as many starts this season.

Since 1983, the Preakness victor has emerged from the Derby in 30 of 33 runnings. He has agreed to do the same for the Preakness. "I always thought one of his many strengths was when he got a horse in form, his ability to maintain them in form for a long time".

Welcome to ESPN Chalk's betting preview for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, where we take a look at every horse in the field, in order of post position, and analyze where the value lies. Theres no avoiding each other for Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming and rival Classic Empire. But it's entirely possible that Always Dreaming takes up the early running, and his rivals will have to try to overtake him. Conquest Mo Money will likely be tasked with keeping Always Dreaming honest early, but the pace should not be that rapid. Not sure he's really good enough either. "I thought I was going to win by a length that day and he really sprinted out". According to Viola, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg presented Velazquez with a scapular, a religious symbol meant to provide safe passage, before Velazquez flew to Louisville, Ky. John wore it on Derby day. "Tell me how to make some money Saturday".

The old neighborhood has been incredibly supportive since our life-changing victory. I didn't want to be in New Mexico forever and never come out. The friends we made there are friends we will have forever. I didn't get bumped. "He's a blue-collar horse and probably easy to overlook, but he's not for us".

The course record of 1:53 minutes was set by legendary Triple Crown victor Secretariat in 1973. When you talk about Brooklyn being in the house, trust me, Brooklyn would be in the house! "I like it a lot better being 5 and Always Dreaming being 4 than us being 4 and he's 5, because that puts Julien more in the driver's seat".

"I just want the race to get here", he said. Still, if something weird happens in the race then Hence has a puncher's chance.

Always Dreaming figures to be the clear favorite. I think we saw the same thing with Mine That Bird [in 2009], obviously, he was 50-1. "He came out good, he's back here at Santa Anita and we're looking to run him maybe in the Affirmed (Stakes on June 24)". He's one of a few in the Derby that showed a particular affinity for the off track.

Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) and Lookin at Lee (Lookin at Lucky) shared the spotlight at 7:15 a.m. Cloud Computing, a well-beaten third in the GII Wood Memorial S.at the Big A April 8, bounded onto the track with good energy and really caught the eye during his gallop. He loves his peppermints, he loves playing around. I realize he is still a kid working to fulfill his potential, just as me and Vinnie once were.

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