Preakness blog goin up… on a Tuesday

HORSE RACING

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.

DRFThe 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:

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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.

Divining Rod takes the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Matt Wooley/Equisport photo).
Divining Rod takes the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Matt Wooley/Equisport photo).

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.”

The elimination of Pletcher's trio leaves just nine horses listed as "probable" for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
The elimination of Pletcher’s trio leaves just nine horses listed as “probable” for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

Some other Preakness links for your Tuesday:

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