By Tom LaMarra
Zayat Stable's American Pharoah drew the rail and was installed the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
The Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will again face Firing Line and stablemate Dortmund, second and third in the Kentucky Derby, in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness. Firing Line drew post 8 at 4-1, while Dortmund drew post 2 at 7-2 on the morning line.
Mr. Z, just purchased by Calumet Farm from Zayat Stables, was entered in the Preakness off a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Still trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Mr. Z, who has the most starts of any Preakness entrant with 13, drew post 3 and is listed at 20-1 on the morning line.
Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) $1,500,000 Guaranteed
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 4-5
2 Dortmund Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 7-2
3 Mr. Z Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas 20-1
4 Danzig Moon Julien Leparoux Mark Casse 15-1
5 Tale of Verve Joel Rosario Dallas Stewart 30-1
6 Bodhisattva Trevor McCarthy Jose Corrales 20-1
7 Divining Rod Javier Castellano Arnaud Delacour 12-1
8 Firing Line Gary Stevens Simon Callaghan 4-1