Gary Stevens

Five story lines to follow as Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming heads to the Preakness Stakes

Five story lines to follow as Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming heads to the Preakness Stakes

Last year, the Preakness Stakes was labeled as the next meeting in the intense rivalry between two West Coast colts, Nyquist and Exaggerator, who ran first and second in the Kentucky Derby.

Exaggerator turned the tables and won the Preakness, with Nyquist finishing third. Southern California racing was on top.

This year the thinking is the exact opposite, and it’s the absence of California horses that is so glaring.

What’s that old blues song, if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all?

The latest blow came Sunday when Royal Mo suffered a sesamoid fracture of his right front ankle during his last workout before Saturday’s Preakness.

There was no...

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