Edited Press Release
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist, who was en route to Pimlico in Baltimore Monday afternoon, could face as many as 13 rivals in the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) on May 21.
Dazzling Gem and Fellowship have been added to the list of Preakness candidates that as of Monday morning included 1-2-3 Derby finishers Nyquist, Exaggerator and Gun Runner, as well as Suddenbreakingnews, Brody’s Cause, Creator, Lani, Awesome Speed, Cherry Wine, Collected, Laoban and Stradivari.
Dazzling Gem captured his first two career starts at Oaklawn this year before finishing third behind Gun Runner in the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and fourth behind Creator in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
“The Preakness is possible and so is the Peter Pan ([G2] Saturday at Belmont Park), but right now I am leaning more toward Pimlico than Belmont,” trainer Brad Cox said Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Fellowship finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby undercard. Trainer Mark Casse’s son and assistant trainer, Norman Casse, reported that the son of Awesome of Course exited the race in good order while confirming that the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park is a candidate for the Preakness.