Teuflesberg Pointed Toward the Preakness

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Teuflesberg challenged the lead in Saturday's Kentucky Derby before ultimately fading to finish 17th.

His handlers are hoping the script gets flipped in Preakness Stakes 132.

Teuflesberg was confirmed as a starter in the 1 3/16 mile race Wednesday by his trainer, Edmonson County native Jamie Sanders.

"We think Pimlico is more suited to his style," Sanders told The Baltimore Sun.

The Preakness is 1/16 miles shorter than the Kentucky Derby and Pimlico has tighter turns than Churchill Downs as well, thought to favor horses with speed. Prior to helping set the pace in the Derby, Teuflesberg led much of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April.

While Sanders was optimistic about Teuflesberg's chances to wear Black-Eyed Susans, not everyone shared her sunny outlook.

Newsday's Paul Moran was highly critical of Sanders' methods late Wednesday evening.

"Prudence has been soundly defeated in the camp of Teuflesberg," he said. "Teuflesberg ... has been raced over his head since the outset of his career, so this is no surprise, though it is a disservice to a colt who could be productive if more judiciously managed."

The 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes is May 19th in Baltimore.

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