Handicapping the Preakness Day stakes
By Rich Podolsky
Special to ESPN.com
Like the Kentucky Derby undercard, the Preakness undercard also features four graded stakes and a Pick-4 with a half-million-dollar guarantee. The Pick-4 begins with Race 9 and concludes with the Preakness Stakes, Race 12. Here's my analysis of the Preakness undercard.
Maryland Breeders Cup Handicap (Race 4)
The Deputy is Home split decisions with the latter. Shah Jehan, though lacking strong Beyers, has faced much better without embarrassing himself and gets Gary Stevens.
Gallorette Handicap (Race 7)
Sarnac Lake, a Grade 3 winner in Europe, seems to be improving of late and has trainer Bill Mott and rider Jerry Bailey going for her. She may be the one to beat. Vespers appears to be sharp now off an eight-week freshening and will be a strong stretch threat. Media Access likes the course and is in a hot barn. Lady Linda loves the course but is compromised by post 13.
Sir Barton Stakes (Race 9)
The Linda Rice-trained Get Smarter is improving fast and looks second best, but may run instead in Pimlico's 6th race today, a six furlong event, for which he is cross-entered. Penoscot Bay was a solid second in the Federico Tesio behind Cherokee's Boy on this course. Sky Soldier could get a piece.
Citgo Dixie (Race 10)
Del Mar Show is another from Mott and Bailey and could be alone on the lead and dangerous. He was in the thick of it in the Breeders Cup Mile. Blue Steller, a Bobby Frankel trained closer, has showed well in graded company against the likes of Sarafan. Dr. Kashnikow needs a fast pace to make his late charge meaningful.
W.D. Schaefer Handicap (Race 11)
Strive owns a sold second behind the pick and a third to top class Mineshaft recently. He also gets the services of Jerry Bailey, almost always a plus. P Day may get the first run at Roger E and has won four of his last five starts. Though Windsor Castle shows high Beyers as recently as February, his last two indicate he might be tailing off.
Preakness Stakes (Race 12)
Kissin Saint is being brought along nicely by Lisa Lewis and wouldn't surprise us if he finished as high as second. Ten Cents a Shine may finally wake up under Bailey. Foufa's Warrior closed well in his last pair and could certainly fill out an exotic. Trainer Baffert says Senor Swinger isn't there mentally yet and may be better on grass.
Here's our crack at a $1 Pick-4 for races 9 through 12: Total cost is $9.