He was the morning-line favorite in the Derby, and he’s the morning-line choice in this one, too. Mike Smith is back to ride, and look for the Hall of Fame jockey to put his colt in front right out of the No. 7 post in the 11-horse field.

Exercise rider George Alvarez rides Preakness hopeful Bodemeister during a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, May 17, 2012. The Preakness is a sixteenth-of-a-mile shorter, plus Bodemeister won’t be pressured early like he was in the Derby by Trinniberg and Hansen, who are not entered. Beyer doesn’t foresee the same result on Saturday. It probably doesn’t hurt that his trainer, Bob Baffert, has won the Preakness five times in 11 tries. The Derby winner drew really well, also.”. “With the Preakness, you just don’t want to be stuck on the inside where you have to use your horse a little bit. “Bodemeister wins the Preakness in a runaway,” he predicts.

“With him, anything in the middle would be fine,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.

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Some horse racing handicappers, like the Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer, thought Bodemeister actually ran the better race at Churchill Downs despite coming in second. 7 gate.

Baffert was delighted to receive the No. Why? Because he’s fast, and the 1 1/4-mile Derby distance was just a little too far for him to carry all that speed

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