***Updated after Monday’s post position draw
The 80-1 Rich Strike, who sprang the second-biggest upset in the 148-year history of the Kentucky Derby (G1), has been ruled out of the May 21 Preakness (G1).
Derby runner-up Epicenter, the narrowly-beaten favorite, will seek compensation in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. While just two re-oppose from Churchill Downs, he will meet high-profile newcomers. Kentucky Oaks (G1) heroine Secret Oath is set to tackle the boys, and Withers (G3) winner Early Voting deliberately passed on the Derby to aim here.
Here’s the Preakness field with post positions and morning-line odds:
Kentucky Derby alumni
Epicenter, post 8, 6-5 favorite
Simplification, post 1, 6-1
Happy Jack, post 6, 30-1
Derby 14th was a fringe player in the Southern California preps.
Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Doug O’Neill; Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Pedigree: Oxbow-Tapitstry, by Tapit
Newcomers to Triple Crown
Secret Oath, post 4, 9-2
Kentucky Oaks star was a better-than-appears third in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in her prior try versus males.
Owner: Briland Farm; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas; Jockey: Luis Saez
Pedigree: Arrogate-Absinthe Minded, by Quiet American
Early Voting, post 5, 7-2
Skippylongstocking, post 9, 20-1
Wood Memorial third is on the upswing.
Owner: Daniel Alonso; Trainer: Saffie Joseph; Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Pedigree: Exaggerator-Twinkling, by War Chant
Creative Minister, post 2, 10-1
Sharp allowance scorer on Kentucky Derby undercard was supplemented for $150,000.
Owner: Fern Circle Stables & Back Racing; Trainer: Kenny McPeek; Jockey: Brian Hernandez
Pedigree: Creative Cause-Tamboz, by Tapit
Armagnac, post 7, 12-1
Santa Anita Derby (G1) fourth rebounded with an allowance romp.
Owners: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables et al; Trainer: Tim Yakteen; Jockey: Irad Ortiz
Pedigree: Quality Road-Kitty Wine, by Lemon Drop Kid
Fenwick, post 3, 50-1
Tampa Bay Downs maiden winner checked in last of 11 behind Zandon in the Blue Grass (G1).
Owner: Villa Rosa Farm & Harlo Stable; Trainer: Kevin McKathan
Pedigree: Curlin-Make the Sun Shine, by Malibu Moon