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 Term of Art, one of the contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes to be run at Pimlico.
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Doug O'Neill
Pedigree: Tiznow – Miles of Style, by Storm Car
Last Race Result: 7th Place, Santa Anita Derby, 4/8/17
Term of Art is going to be a longshot for sure at the Preakness Stakes, and the only thing that's going to keep him from being beyond 50 to 1 is the size of the field. We're talking about a pony who was 90 to 1 at the 11-horse Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and he didn't do anything by finishing ninth and 19 lengths off the pace of Classic Empire to make us believe that he deserved any better fate. Heck, against a five-horse field at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, he was 13 to 1, and worse came in a field of seven at the San Felipe Stakes, he was 62 to 1.
Right now, you can get +2000 on Term of Art, but wait as long as you want to snare a price, because it's only going to go up from here.
In all likelihood, Term of Art isn't a great horse. He's never really done anything that has proven that he can run with the big boys, and this might just be a case of trainer Doug O'Neill flexing his muscles a bit and bringing a pony who is out of sorts into a race and hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. He's won plenty of big races before, but this California-based trainer flat out didn't have a lot to bring to the table this year. This is about as good as it gets, and that's not a good sign for him or the future of Term of Art.
Term of Art only has two wins in his career, though it should be noted that he did win the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes just after Thanksgiving last year at Del Mar. Still, one graded stakes race win didn't make bettors feel any better. He was 8 to 1 at the Sham Stakes thereafter and finished 17 lengths behind Gormley. We're talking about a colt who was nowhere near in so many races in the past, and that has to be incredibly disconcerting.
But let's take a positive spin at this, if we could. Term of Art is clearly bred for better distances. He's closed races well for the most part, and he could have a lot more heart in him than most will realize. There absolutely has to be some reason why Term of Art keeps being run in these graded stakes races and why bettors at least show some signs of interest in some of his races.
In other words, he sounds like a poor man's Lookin At Lee, another colt who was flat out bred for running longer than he was being constricted to in races earlier in his career. We all saw what happened with Lookin At Lee when he finished second in the Kentucky Derby with a great close and some big moves to get into position to hit the board.
Still, we aren't overly optimistic. Term of Art is a horse who should be running at the Grade 3 level and occasionally peeking up to the Grade 2s. This isn't a Grade 1 horse, and odds have it, that's going to show once again on 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.
The Road to the Preakness Stakes ended with the day of racing at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, though the Preakness Stakes field won't be finalized until the post draw occurs on Wednesday, May 17.
|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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