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 Multiplier, one of the contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes to be run at Pimlico Race Course.
Owner: American Equistock
Trainer: Brendan Walsh
Pedigree: The Factor – Trippi Street, by Trippi
Last Race Result: 1st Place, Illinois Derby, 4/22/17
We'll have to wait and see where Multiplier actually ends up in the pecking order of these horses in the middle of the Preakness Stakes field. Clearly, he's not going to be anywhere up near Always Dreaming or Classic Empire, but he could settle in anywhere from fourth to about eighth in this field that should end up being about 10 deep. There's plenty of promise here after watching Multiplier win the Illinois Derby, and the fact that he's lightly raced certainly allows for drastic improvements in a hurry.
Still, this price of 12 to 1 doesn't feel legit right now. Multiplier almost certainly isn't winning the Preakness Stakes one out of 12 times at this point in his career, and that would encourage you to look elsewhere for winning bets. That doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of value here on a horse that could easily hit the board, though.
Multiplier's claim to fame is a really darn good run at the Illinois Derby. He blazed through the mile and an eighth in 1:47.98, a time that would have been good enough to win a lot of the championship level races like the Blue Grass Stakes, Florida Derby, etc. He had a nice, easy trip on the inside the whole way but looked to be boxed out down the stretch when jockey James Graham made a huge move to bolt him to the outside and ultimately run down another Triple Crown nominated horse, Hedge Fund.
Aside from those couple minutes though, there's not a lot to like here about Multiplier.
For starters, he took forever to break his maiden for a horse this late in the game. Two losses in maiden races when you don't start racing until three years old and ultimately are racing at the Fair Grounds is usually the de facto end of your career as a serious contender before you even get started. So to come back, win a third effort at a maiden and then win the Illinois Derby certainly was revitalizing and showed that perhaps this could just be a late-bloomer who is finally ready to blossom as a championship thoroughbred.
The connections? They're not great. Multiplier has a no-name jockey in James Graham and is trained by a no-name trainer in Brendan Walsh.
The workouts aren't great on this colt either. Going a half mile and 50 and 3 and five furlongs in 1:03 and 3 as he did in his last two sessions before getting ready to ship to Baltimore isn't great, though Walsh cautions that, "He's not a great work horse."
From a bettors' standpoint, that's generally code for, "We're not sure how great this horse really is, but we're going to try real hard to catch lightning in a bottle."
Not every horse that trains well races well, and not ever horse that trains poorly races poorly, but it's not a great indication for his future.
But when you look a little closer at the running style for Multiplier, you can find some reasons to get excited. Typically, speed rules the day at the Preakness Stakes, but there's going to be a heck of a lot of that in this race. Multiplier will run off for sure and try to settle on the rail, and if he can manage to do that, he might have a shot of being a sort of "second" closer after Classic Empire makes his move. His one hope is that all of the rest of the ponies just flat out tire out at the end of the day.
Multiplier's supporters will be quick to point out that he has one of the best Beyers in this field from his run in Illinois. Just keep in mind that there's a big difference between running against a bunch of Grade 3 level three-year olds and running against the Grade 1 colts who are going to be in the Preakness Stakes.
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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