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Gunnevera - 142 Preakness Stakes Contender

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Gunnevera – Possible Preakness Stakes Contender

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 Gunnevera, one of the contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes to be run at Pimlico Race Course.

Gunnevera Preakness Stakes Bio

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables LLC

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Pedigree: Dialed In – Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled

Last Race Result: 7th Place, Kentucky Derby, 5/6/17

Gunnevera Career Statistics

Starts: 10

Wins: 4

Places: 2

Shows: 1

Earnings: $1,170,200

Gunnevera Preakness Stakes Odds

Horses who have over a million bucks in earnings at the age of three didn't get there on accident, and it's perhaps a bit surprising to some to see this price of Gunnevera listed at 15 to 1 to win the Preakness Stakes. We know that he's a good horse, though perhaps he isn't quite as good as Always Dreaming. This still seems to be a bit of an oversight after one suspect race in which he was jammed a couple times and finished seventh.

Gunnevera was 10 to 1 to win the Kentucky Derby, and he wasn't the most disappointing finisher for sure. To think that he's going to have greater odds than that at the Preakness is a bit off as we see it. Anything better than 12 to 1 on Gunnevera is a steal.

Gunnevera Preakness Stakes Analysis

You can probably already tell that we're high on the value that Gunnevera presents in his current form. If he's an 8 to 1 choice though, you can still consider us primed and ready to invest, at least in our exotics.

Gunnevera didn't get a great run at the Kentucky Derby with Javier Castellano on the mount, and with Castellano taking the ride on Cloud Computing, that opened the door for Mike Smith to get the ride for the first time in his career on Gunnevera. Smith is a jockey who isn't afraid to run a horse from off the pace, and that should play much better with Gunnevera this time around rather than at the Derby. In the front stretch of the Run for the Roses, Gunnevera drifted quite a bit to the outside after a five-wide far turn, and that really set him up to never be able to challenge to reach the money. Now, the field should be a lot more open, and he almost certainly won't be five-wide at any point over the course of the race.

To say that we're not concerned about the Kentucky Derby run for Gunnevera would be an understatement. The bigger problem is the fact that he looks like a declining horse at the moment. He was definitely trending in the right direction to start this year, running a 97 Beyer at the Holy Bull in a second place finish while following that up with a 5 3/4 length victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. However, that was his only triple-digit Beyer. Since that point, he posted a 95 at the Florida Derby and an 86 at the Kentucky Derby, and neither of those numbers are really good enough.

Training sessions are also a little suspect for Gunnevera. He went five furlongs in 1:03 and 3, a very slow time by the standards of Triple Crown horses, and that was the worst mark amongst the 35 ponies who were out breezing that day.

Still, if you want to find things to like about Gunnevera, there are plenty of them. He's a deep closer in a field that is going to have a lot of speed (plus, the closers who are out there aside from Classic Empire aren't anywhere near as talented as we see it). He's already run in three Grade 1 races in his career and is going to be involved in his eighth straight graded stakes race since last August. And for the most part, the results have been pretty darn good.

You could certainly do worse, particularly at a price of 15 to 1 on Gunnevera. We suggest taking advantage of that right now, because that won't be the price you get on him come Preakness Stakes day.

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.

Possible Preakness Stakes Contenders

The 142 Preakness Stakes field won't be finalized until the post draw occurs on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

PPHorseOwnerTrainerJockeyMorning Line
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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