Second Fiddle

Six track conditions exist for horse races on dirt courses in the United States.

The Preakness, held Saturday evening at Pimlico, is starting to look sloppy.

Dullahan, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will test his luck at Belmont Park in about a month. Union Rags may do the same. Hansen, too. They all agree on one thing – they won’t spend any time at Pimlico this week.

It’s funny how a can’t miss race can suddenly turn into a maiden claimer.

There’s the pace-setter Bodemeister, the Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and the rest of the field.

The stark reality starts to sink in. Everyone wants to win the blanket of roses on Derby Day in Louisville. Some folks would like to win the Preakness and the display of Black-Eyed Susans. Don’t confuse the two. There’s an absolute want in Kentucky and a complete “isn’t that nice” feel in Maryland. Bodemeister wants to win this race (and he will) to stay in the field for an Eclipse award. That’s it.

Tiger Walk made the field because Kevin Plank wants to see his name in a program. Who can blame him? If I had the disposable income, I’d love to throw a horse in and see what happens. The past performances show that this horse belongs in a different class and will be lucky if it hits the board.

I’ll Have Another wants something no one has seen in a generation. He’s not that good of a horse to win the Triple Crown, but you always must respect the Derby winner.

An absolute marquee race looks like another stakes race on the card on Saturday. The Pimlico Special looks better on paper.  Here’s hoping they prove me wrong.


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