Horse > Diamond King
Diamond King won his last race against lesser, and the Federico Tesio victory at Laurel Park earned him an automatic bid into the Preakness. His BRIS Speed figure of 95 in that race was a career-best, and he’ll need an even better performance in the Preakness to hit the board. Trainer John Servis has raved about his works leading into the Preakness, and he’s also picked up Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano to ride Diamond King. Castellano notched his second Preakness victory last year aboard Cloud Computing.
Still, Servis is not under any illusion that his 30-1 long shot Diamond King can beat the heavy favorite Justify, as Diamond King would have to improve nearly 10 lengths off his best performance to upset Justify at his best. Yet why is he running him in the Preakness instead of last week’s Peter Pan where he had a much better chance to win?
Look for Diamond King to break to the front as one of the pacesetters in the Preakness, but don’t expect him to hold up in the stretch.
The last horse to win the Preakness immediately following a win at a Maryland track: Bee Bee Bee in 1972. Each of the past 20 Preakness Stakes Winner have posted at least a 100 BRIS figure in one of their three races leading into the Preakness Stakes. That profile does not fit Diamond King, and hitting the board would be a big accomplishment.
Diamond King Career Statistics
Owner: Cash is King, D.J. Stable and LC Racing
Trainer: John Servis
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Pedigree: Quality Road – Akron Moon, by Malibu Moon
Recent Finish: 1st, Federico Tesio, Black Type (4/21/18)
Notable Wins: Federico Tesio
Lasy Update May 19, 2018
Odds to Win Preakness Stakes: 30-1