BALTIMORE (AP) — Trainers are at all times alleged to do the appropriate factor for his or her horses, even when it’s time to make a tough and certain pricey choice.
Tommy Drury did simply that a couple of weeks in the past.
Solely essentially the most critical horseplayers in all probability know who Drury is. He’s not a big-name coach like Bob Baffert or Todd Pletcher; he’s a man with precisely one graded stakes win in his 30-year profession, somebody whose purse earnings in 1994 have been all of $71, and who topped the $1 million mark in annual earnings this 12 months for the primary time.
However 2020 was shaping up as his second. A Louisville man lastly had a Kentucky Derby horse in Artwork Collector, who would have been one of many favorites. Factor is, a couple of days earlier than that race, Drury observed that Artwork Collector had a really minor foot situation. He didn’t hesitate and scratched him out of the Derby.
Now, possibly he’ll get rewarded for doing the appropriate factor.
Saturday’s Preakness, the top of this 12 months’s most uncommon and out-of-typical-order Triple Crown race slate, has a really strong area. There’s Genuine, the Kentucky Derby winner who dug deep to disclaim Tiz the Regulation — who was trying very very like a Triple Crown contender. There’s Max Participant, who can be the one horse in all three Triple Crown races this 12 months and somebody who appears to be like very prepared for an enormous effort. There’s Swiss Skydiver, a supremely gifted filly and one who’s able to beating the boys with ease.
And there’s Artwork Collector, whose foot damage is completely healed and appears again to prime type primarily based on his current exercises.
There’s little arguing that these 4 horses — Genuine, Max Participant, Swiss Skydiver and Artwork Collector — are all able to profitable all of it. Mr. Huge Information, third within the Kentucky Derby, may even get some love from bettors. So will Thousand Phrases, the horse that needed to be scratched from the Derby after flipping within the paddock earlier than the race.
The extra official contenders there are, the higher of a betting race it’s. And there’s loads of horses in right here who can win the race, so payouts — notably on exotics resembling exactas and trifectas — have the potential to be fairly good. That gained’t be a problem.
The massive query to be answered earlier than putting a guess on this race is that this: How a lot did the Kentucky Derby take out of Genuine?
To the credit score of jockey John Velazquez and Baffert, Genuine’s Derby run was flawless. Tiz the Regulation (who’s sitting the Preakness out to arrange for subsequent month’s Breeders’ Cup Traditional) was extensively thought-about the category of the 3-year-old area and was fairly good that day at Churchill Downs. Genuine was simply higher.
And if Genuine replicates and even improves on that run, properly, the Preakness is over earlier than it begins.
Genuine hasn’t been essentially the most constant horse on the planet. He’s a worthy favourite and will go proper to the lead within the Preakness and easily dare the sphere to come back observe him down.
Mr. Huge Information is a basic nearer, one who could possibly be flying on the finish. Swiss Skydiver, if she’s shut with a pair furlongs to run, may have an opportunity — and doesn’t appear to wish to know her jockey to run properly, both. She’s gained 5 races for 4 totally different jockeys and one other new rider, Robby Albarado, shall be aboard on Saturday. Which may scare off some bettors, but it surely shouldn’t. Max Participant’s exercises counsel he’s fairly sharp as properly proper now.
However the choose is Artwork Collector.
He’s gained every of his final 4 begins, by a mean of 4 lengths. His pace numbers are excellent and the one query is that if jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. shall be affected person sufficient to not make his transfer on the chief, in all probability Genuine, too early.
Drury took care of his horse on the Derby. The horse will return the favor on the Preakness.
The projected end: Artwork Collector, Mr. Huge Information, Genuine, Swiss Skydiver.