On the eve of the post position draw for the 140th Preakness Stakes, The Daily Racing Form‘s David Grening reported that trainer Todd Pletcher would not be entering any of his three possible starters into the Triple Crown’s second jewel.
The move not to start Materiality, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2, left Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano without a Preakness mount. Then Grening broke some more news:
Coming off of a three-length triumph in the April 11 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3), Divining Rod should be well rested and certainly should benefit from having Castellano at the reigns.
Speaking of Divining Rod, do those silks look familiar? Divining Rod is owned by Lael Stables, the same owners who campaigned 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Philly.com did a nice write-up this morning titled, “Divining Rod returns Barbaro owners to Preakness.”
Some other Preakness links for your Tuesday:
- Thrill of big race keeps Gary Stevens returning to the saddle (NY Times)
- Preakness Field 2015: Examining favorites, sleeper contenders, top jockeys (Bleacher Report)
- Preakness Stakes 2015: When does American Pharoah arrive at Pimlico (NJ.com)
- Hall of Famer Stevens looks to turn tables in Preakness (CBS DC)
- Party essentials at the Preakness (America’s Best Racing)