Preakness Stakes: A look at each horse in the field

Kid Cruz, Reul Munoz
Exercise rider Reul Munoz takes Kid Cruz through his paces during a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday.
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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.

No. 10. Ride On Curlin (10-1) — Trained by colorful and quotable Bronco Billy Gowan. Ran seventh in the Derby after starting in the 18th position and being taken immediately, in a sort of impromptu left turn, to the rail, by his jockey, who lives there. Calvin Borel, a.k.a. Bo-rail, who had made a similar move late in that 2009 race with Mine That Bird and won with it, was replaced after this left turn by Gowan, who said, “That was his idea, not mine.” Borel, who plays himself in the movie “50-to-1,” rode Rachel Alexandra for Jess Jackson to win the Preakness in ’09, getting off Mine That Bird to do so. In this Preakness, he will ride the filly, Ria Antonia. Joel Rosario will ride Ride On Curlin.

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