Always Dreaming set for Preakness Stakes
Last Updated: 19/05/17 10:49am
Always Dreaming is all set to take the next step on the road to the American Triple Crown when he lines up in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday night.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Kentucky Derby hero faces nine rivals after his victory at Churchill Downs earlier this month, where he beat Lookin At Lee by two and three-quarter lengths.
Pletcher told www.bloodhorse.com: "The tank seems full, he seems eager to go, and we're just trying to keep him on the ground one more day.
"The Derby actually surprised me with how well he bounced out of it.
"His energy level was immediately good and has remained so throughout.
"At this point, I just want the race to get here. He's doing so good."
The Bodemeister colt was drawn in stall four, and Pletcher said: "He's generally a very good horse away from the gate, and we'll just try to come away, establish some position, and see what some other horses are doing."
Lookin At Lee reopposes, as does fourth home Classic Empire, who was rated one of the dangers to Always Dreaming in the Derby and is a clear second favourite heading into the rematch.
Should Always Dreaming be successful, the final leg of the Triple Crown will come in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
American Pharoah added his name to the history books in 2015 when winning all the three races, becoming the first to do so since Affirmed in 1978.