The Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has been installed as the 4-5 Preakness Stakes 2017 morning line favorite and will break from post four.&13;
A son of Bodemeister, Always Dreaming accomplished what his sire missed by 1 ½&13;
lengths to I’ll Have Another under the twin spires and will attempt to do the&13;
same at Pimlico on Saturday, where Bodemeister lost to the same rival by a&13;
neck. Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez team up again with Always Dreaming, each&13;
hoping to win their first Preakness.
The 3-1 second choice is Classic Empire, the 2016 Juvenile Champion from the Mark Casse stable. Regular jockey Julien Leparoux will be aboard as they depart from post five. Despite being bumped around at the break, receiving a few small cuts, and suffering a swollen eye from the sloppy kickback, the Pioneerof the Nile colt still managed a late surge to capture fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Classic Empire’s connections are hoping for a clearer shot to take down Always Dreaming in the Preakness.
Although a longshot in the Kentucky Derby, Lookin At Lee returns in the Preakness at 10-1. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the&13;
Lookin At Lucky colt snuck up the rail to a runner-up finish in the Kentucky&13;
Derby. He was previously third behind Classic Empire and Conquest Mo Money in&13;
the Arkansas Derby. Lookin At Lee drew the nine hole and Corey Lanerie returns&13;
as the jockey.
Cloud Computing, who will be making his&13;
fourth career start in the Preakness, is 12-1 on the morning line and will&13;
leave from post two. The son of Maclean’s Music ran second in the Gotham Stakes&13;
and third in the Wood Memorial after overcoming trouble to break his maiden&13;
first time out. Javier Castellano hops off Gunnevera, who he has ridden all&13;
season long, for the Chad Brown trained Cloud Computing.
By Christine Oser