Some years, Maryland
Not this year.
As of Friday afternoon, connections for only seven horses had confirmed they planned to enter the race, and five others had been identified as strong possibilities.
Blind said Friday that he expects the field to settle at 12 horses.
"Twelve great competitors would be better than 14 so-so competitors," he said.
A source said Friday that
The Preakness draw is Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Blind begins trying to piece together a Preakness field in April, then spends Sunday morning after the Kentucky Derby meeting with trainers of the horses who did not finish first. This year, he immediately discovered that a fifth of the field -- all trained by
“I think part of it is the quality of the field, and
Blind is also sorting through 499 other horses nominated for the 16 other stakes races scheduled for Friday and Saturday of next week.
Like many of Maryland's stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan has a larger purse this year, by $200,000, as a result of slots revenue set aside to help bolster purses.