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139th Preakness selections
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Ed Meyer, track announcer and morning line odds maker at Belterra Park, makes his picks for the 139th running of the Preakness.
The eyes of the racing world will be on Baltimore, Maryland as Pimilco Race Track takes center stage. The track that is affectionately known as Old Hilltop opens the history books as ten three-year-olds do battle for the coveted Woodlawn Vase.
#3 - California Chrome (3-5) If racing ever needed a champion, California Chrome may be coming along at the right time. The 35-year-drought between Triple Crown winners has been more than a long time between drinks. Trainer Art Sherman brings along his California-bred of modest bloodlines, and jockey Victor Espinoza didnt ride him all-out in Louisville. They wanted to keep some gas in the tank for the next task. I came into the race looking to beat the Derby winner, but his style may be just too tough to overcome. His versatile ability to take the lead, or lay off and rate is a special quality that is rarely seen. There is a bevy of early foot, and he should rate off the pace nicely. If you are a fan of favorites, the race has only produced two horses that were over (20-1) since 1911. I see Espinoza keeping him in the two path to give him a shot at a clean trip. The pace could get salty and the closers will come knocking. But with his style of running, he could assume the lead at the 3/8ths pole and hold off all comers. Racing needs a runner to excite the sport, and there is only one runner that has a chance to etch his name into the history books.
#8 Social Inclusion (5-1) He is the horse of the moment as he stunned the racing world with a stomping performance at Gulfstream. His speed is going to be tough to deal with, and there are more than a few who will keep their eyes on him.
#10 Ride on Curlin (10-1) His run in the Derby was erratic and trouble filled. As the speedsters look plentiful, strong closers such as this son of Curlin can benefit greatly from a red-hot pace scenario.
#7 Kid Cruz (20-1) This fast closing son of Lemon Drop Kid won the Federico Tessio stakes, and that race has been a good prep for this affair. He has plenty of late kick, but gets the acid test for a big jump in class.