The 142 Preakness Stakes is restricted to only 14 Preakness Stakes runners and will run on Saturday, May 20, 2017, for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Here is the latest look at Conquest Mo Money, one of the contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes to be run at Pimlico Race Course.
Owner: Judge Lanier Racing
Trainer: Miguel Hernandez
Pedigree: Uncle Mo – Stirring, by Seeking the Gold
Last Race Result: 2nd Place, Arkansas Derby, 4/15/17
Conquest Mo Money has never had the respect of any of the top three-year olds out there. Sure, he was Triple Crown nominated, but being Triple Crown nominated and running at Sunland Park isn't necessarily a recipe for a Preakness Stakes victory or a win in any of the Triple Crown races. That said, he's set at +1200 to win the Preakness, a middling price for a middling colt in this field that is shaping up to have around a total of 10 entrants. It would be a big upset if he beat out Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, but it wouldn’t be such a huge upset that it would be in the record books by any stretch of the imagination.
It isn't often that you hear about a trainer saying that he's doing what's best for his horse. Alas, we absolutely believe what we heard from Miguel Hernandez when he said he had to do what was best for his colt. For as much as his connections wanted to see Conquest Mo Money run in the Kentucky Derby, it was always best to push him towards the Preakness Stakes and give him some time off.
Conquest Mo Money was a horse who had never left New Mexico in his career until going to the Arkansas Derby, and the fact of the matter is that it was a great accident that he ended up there. In theory, this colt was supposed to win all of his preps for the Sunland Derby as he did and then ultimately claim the 50 Kentucky Derby Points. He finished second, which wasn't going to be enough to get to Churchill Downs as was originally planned.
What we learned about Conquest Mo Money from that point forward was that he might actually end up being legitimate. Classic Empire, the Kentucky Derby favorite, won the Arkansas Derby relatively comfortably, but in the end, it was Conquest Mo Money who finished second just three weeks after running in the Sunland Derby.
What we really don't know about Conquest Mo Money is how he really prefers to run. His history from New Mexico will tell you that he's a closer by nature, one who isn't afraid to sit off of the pace and do his best running at the end. But after a poor second place finish to Hence at the Sunland Derby, jockey Jorge Carreno ran him more at the front in the Arkansas Derby, and that turned out to suit him well as well.
So what are we going to see out of Conquest Mo Money at the Preakness? A lot of this is going to depend upon what the rest of this field looks like. If this field ends up looking a lot like the Kentucky Derby field, Conquest Mo Money would probably be better served coming from off the pace again. The Derby was a race that featured a bunch of colts who just flat out didn’t have the distance of a mile and a quarter in them, and depending upon how many of those horses decide to come to Pimlico, that could slow down this race quite a bit as well. That could suit Conquest Mo Money just fine when push comes to shove.
Does that make Conquest Mo Money a legitimate contender to win the Preakness? Quite possibly. You'll probably find better value out there, but this New Mexico pony has himself as good of a chance as any to pull off an upset in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
With a maximum of 14 horses accepted into the Preakness Stakes field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. Horses which finish in the Top 5 at the Kentucky Derby are automatically eligible, while the remaining slots are awarded based on career earnings in both graded stakes races and restricted races.
The 142 Preakness Stakes field won't be finalized until the post draw occurs on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
|Always Dreaming||Brooklyn Boyz Stables, et al||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||Track Odds|
|Classic Empire||John C. Oxley||Mark Casse||Julien Leparoux||Track Odds|
|Cloud Computing||Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||Track Odds|
|Conquest Mo Money||Judge Lanier Racing||Miguel Hernandez||Jorge Carreno||Track Odds|
|Gunnevera||Peacock Racing Stables||Antonio Sano||Mike Smith||Track Odds|
|Hence||Calumet Farm||Steve Asmussen||Florent Geroux||Track Odds|
|Lookin at Lee||L and N Racing LLC||Steve Asmussen||Corey Lanerie||Track Odds|
|Multiplier||Gary Barber, et al||Brendan Walsh||Joel Rosario||Track Odds|
|Senior Investment||Fern Circle Stables||Ken McPeek||Channing Hill||Track Odds|
|Term of Art||Calumet Farm||Doug O'Neill||Jose Ortiz||Track Odds|
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