WHAS11's Gary Roedemeier's Preakness Picks

WHAS11's Gary Roedemeier's Preakness Picks

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Jockey Mike Smith rides Bodemeister during a workout in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Gary Roedemeier

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 10:17 PM

(WHAS11) -- It is tempting to call this Preakness, the four Derby horses and the seven dwarfs.

For some reason, second place in the Derby makes you the favorite in the Preakness. The main reason for the homage from the bettors is that Bodemeister is thought to be the fastest, most talented three-year-old this year.

But will those blistering fractions at Churchill Downs catch up with him at Pimlico? Or will he be able to set a more sensible pace and steal this second jewel of the Triple Crown?

Which brings us to Derby champion, I'll Have Another and thoroughbred racing's annual search for a superstar. He's won three in a row and if he wins another, it will set the stage for an attempt at the Triple Crown in New York.

Thoroughbred racing and NBC Sports will be quietly rooting for J. Paul Reddam's Flower Alley colt.

And if you followed the Derby preps in California, you know there's not much difference between I'll Have Another and Creative Cause who were just a nose apart in the Santa Anita Derby. A better trip for Creative Cause could flip the outcome in Baltimore.

And our fourth Derby graduate is Went the Day Well, who was closing with a rush in the Derby. The Team Valor entrant will not be chasing Dullahan this time and could be the best value of the day among our Derby graduates.

And speaking of that, there are two more Derby horses in the Preakness. Daddy Nose Best is reunited with Julien Leparoux, a jockey looking for redemption after his misadventures with Union Rags.And Optimizer gets a new jockey in Corey Nakatani after a respectable eleventh place finish in the Derby.

I think Daddy Nose Best could surprise everyone. Optimizer is still improving but perhaps not enough.

And the five other dwarfs:

Teeth of the Dog tries this classic after a third in the Wood Memorial and is 15-1.

Tiger Walk gets the services of Kent Desormeaux but also gets the number one post position and is 30-1.

Rick Dutrow enters Zetterholm at 20-1.

Cozzetti, trained by Dale Romans and Pretension from Chris Grove are long shots at 30-1.

And so, two weeks after the Derby, the lightning fast Bodemeister seems the logical favorite at a slightly shorter distance.

I'll Have Another could be on the verge of stardom if he hangs another star in his barn.    

But I'll go with Went the Day Well with John Velazquez. Here is a horse that may have used the Derby as a prep race. He looks great, and if he gets a good trip, the top two will be chasing him down the stretch.

And by the way, those three look like a very nice trifecta or exacta box.

Best of luck on Saturday. 
 

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