American Pharoah draws No. 1 post for Preakness

Wed May 13, 2015 7:53pm EDT
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(Reuters) - American Pharoah's chances of extending his Triple Crown run were dealt a mild blow on Wednesday as the Kentucky Derby winner drew the unfavorable number one post position for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

Despite the unfavorable start position, American Pharoah was installed as a 4-5 early favorite for the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

The second choice for the $1.5 million race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore was American Pharoah stablemate Dortmund, rated a 7-2 pick after the third-place Kentucky Derby finisher drew the number two post alongside the favorite.

Both horses in the eight-horse field that will run 1-3/16 miles at Pimlico are trained by Bob Baffert.

"I can't believe I drew the 1-2 of all draws," Baffert said.

"I'm just glad I didn't draw that for the Derby."

Firing Line, who finished a length behind American Pharoah at Churchill Downs and two lengths in front of Dortmund, was rated third in the morning line at 4-1 and drew the outside number eight post for the 140th Preakness.

"We've got options from out there. It's perfect," said Firing Line trainer Simon Callaghan. "I guess (the rail post position) makes it a little tougher for (American Pharoah), but we're certainly happy with our post position."

The top three Kentucky Derby finishers arrived at Pimlico on Wednesday following a flight from Louisville that also included Preakness entrants Danzig Moon (15-1) and Tale of Verve (30-1).   Continued...

May 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Horse trainer Bob Baffert walks American Pharoah off of a transport trailer into the Preakness Barn after arriving for the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY