The call to post for the Preakness Stakes will be as follows:
No. 1. Dynamic Impact (12-1 morning line odds) — Has won two of his three races this year and will be ridden by first-time Preakness jockey Miguel Mena.
No. 2. General A Rod (15-1) — His trainer, Mike Maker, hates his No. 2 starting position. The horse finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby. He is not named after the steroid-plagued third baseman for the Yankees, but after his original owner, J. Armando Rodriguez.
No. 3. California Chrome (3-5) — If history, logic and racing luck prevail, the other nine are merely window dressing.
No. 4. Ring Weekend (20-1) — Got his spot in this Triple Crown season by winning the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby.
No. 5. Bayern (10-1) — He is trained by Bob Baffert and assisted by Jim Barnes, who has been the hands-on guy with the horse this week. Bayern missed the Kentucky Derby when an injury pushed his schedule back and he ran first in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, a week before the Derby. But he was involved in some bumping and his number was taken down to second place. Bayern's rider, Rosie Napravnik, got a four-day suspension, and Barnes said that was not warranted. He also said that Napravnik is a key part of the development of the horse. "She really likes him and thinks he has a big chance here," Barnes said. "I really trust her judgment on things."
No. 6. Ria Antonia (30-1) — Was in Baffert's barn until a back-in-the-pack finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 2. Then the owners moved her to the barn of Tom Amoss, her fourth trainer.
No. 7. Kid Cruz (20-1) — The son of Pioneerof The Nile, perhaps best known for being the favorite in the 2009 Kentucky Derby and losing down the stretch to 50-1 shot Mine That Bird. There is a movie out now about that race, entitled, appropriately, "50-to-1." Kid Cruz is named after New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and trained by Linda Rice.
No. 8. Social Inclusion (5-1) — He is trained by 85-year-old Argentine Manny Azpurua, who would become the oldest trainer to win a Preakness with a victory. His owners were offered a large, undisclosed amount of money to sell, but said they wouldn't because that would not be loyal to Azpurua.
No. 9. Pablo Del Monte (20-1) — Had a chance to get into the Derby field at the last second because of a scratch, but was held back until the Preakness. He is a speed horse who was bred by his trainer, Wesley Ward.