PREAK­NESS STAKES FIELD

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Post time for the 143rd Preak­ness Stakes is 6:48 p.m. ET Satur­day. (TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m.; NBC, 5 p.m.). USA TO­DAY’s Dan Wolken takes a look at the field for the 13⁄ 16- mile race:

1. Quip (12-1)

Own­ers: WinS­tar Farm, China Horse Club In­ter­na­tional, SF Rac­ing Trainer: Rodolphe Bris­set Jockey: Florent Ger­oux

Record: 3-1-0 in five starts Notable: By­passed the Ken­tucky Derby to point for the Preak­ness, which should suit his front-run­ning style. Owned by the same prin­ci­pals as Jus­tify, they felt he de­served his chance af­ter a good sec­ond in the Arkansas Derby on April 14. Bris­set, a long­time Bill Mott as­sis­tant who went out on his own last year, is mak­ing his Triple Crown de­but at 34.

2. Lone Sailor (15-1)

Owner: G M B Rac­ing

Trainer: Tom Amoss

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Record: 1-3-1 in nine starts

Notable: Sharp hand­i­cap­pers liked his chances of hit­ting the board in the Derby, but he fin­ished eighth af­ter a trou­bled trip that in­cluded los­ing a shoe in the mud at Churchill Downs. The con­nec­tions are tak­ing an­other shot in this small Preak­ness field and hop­ing to score a vic­tory for his now-de­ceased owner Tom Benson, who is mostly known for own­ing the NFL’s New Or­leans Saints and NBA’s New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

3. Sport­ing Chance (30-1)

Own­ers: Robert Baker and Wil­liam Mack Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Con­tr­eras

Record: 2-1-1 in seven starts Notable: Although he’s win­less since cap­tur­ing the Grade 1 Hope­ful Stakes for 2-year-olds in Septem­ber, he’s been in the mix with other top 3-year-olds, fin­ish­ing third in both the South­west and Blue Grass Stakes. His fourth-place fin­ish in the Pat Day Mile on the Derby un­der­card didn’t de­ter Lukas from en­ter­ing him here.

4. Di­a­mond King (30-1)

Owner: Cash is King, D.J. Stable, LC Rac­ing Trainer: John Servis

Jockey: Javier Castel­lano

Record: 4-0-1 in six starts

Notable: This will be a huge step up in class af­ter a win in the Fed­erico Te­sio stakes at Lau­rel Park last month. There are some strong hu­man con­nec­tions to past Preak­ness suc­cess, how­ever, as owner Chuck Zac­ney’s Cash is King Stable cam­paigned 2005 win­ner Afleet Alex and trainer John Servis returns for the first time since send­ing Smarty Jones to an 111⁄ 2- length win in 2004.

5. Good Magic (3-1)

Own­ers: E Five Rac­ing Thor­ough­breds and Ston­estreet Sta­bles

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Record: 2-3-1 in six starts

Notable: Had ev­ery chance to win the Derby but just couldn’t keep pace in the stretch once Jus­tify hit an­other gear. Still, it was a solid sec­ond for last year’s

2-year-old champion and he bounced out of the race in good enough shape phys­i­cally for Brown, who won last year’s Preak­ness with Cloud Com­put­ing, to take an­other shot.

6. Ten­fold (20-1)

Owner: Winchell Thor­ough­breds Trainer: Steve As­mussen

Jockey: Ricardo San­tana Jr.

Record: 2-0-0 in three starts

Notable: Much like Jus­tify, he got a late start to his career, break­ing his maiden in Fe­bru­ary but showing enough abil­ity that As­mussen tried the Arkansas Derby in his third race. Though he fin­ished fifth, thus not earn­ing enough points for the Ken­tucky Derby, it says a lot that As­mussen thinks enough of him to try this race when there are plenty of eas­ier graded stakes for 3-year-olds he would be fa­vored in.

7. Jus­tify (1-2)

Own­ers: China Horse Club In­ter­na­tional, Head of Plains Part­ners, Starlight Rac­ing and WinS­tar Farm

Trainer: Bob Baf­fert

Jockey: Mike Smith

Record: 4-0-0 in four starts Notable: Baf­fert will try to make it 5

for-5 in the Preak­ness with his Ken­tucky Derby win­ners, as Jus­tify looms a heavy fa­vorite fol­low­ing his 21⁄ 2- length win at Churchill Downs. A vic­tory would also give Baf­fert 14 wins in Triple Crown races, ty­ing him with D. Wayne Lukas for most all time. Re­mark­ably, Amer­i­can Pharoah in 2015 is the last Derby win­ner to win any sub­se­quent races.

8. Bravazo (20-1)

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Record: 3-1-1 in nine starts

Notable: Lukas has won this race six times, in­clud­ing in 2013 with long­shot Oxbow, who fin­ished sixth in the Ken­tucky Derby. He’s try­ing to fol­low the same tem­plate here with Bravazo, who was ac­tu­ally one of the few horses do­ing any run­ning late be­hind Jus­tify de­spite be­ing forced wide on the fi­nal turn. He won his first two races this year, in­clud­ing the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds.

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