Street Sense was made the 7-5 favorite for Saturday’s Preakness in Baltimore, and a victory by the Kentucky Derby winner would set up a Triple Crown shot three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes.
A field of nine 3-year-olds was entered Wednesday, with Street Sense drawing the No. 8 post position for the 1 3/16 -mile race at Pimlico Race Course.
Street Sense is coming off a 2 1/4 -length win in the Derby two weeks ago thanks to jockey Calvin Borel’s brilliant, rail-hugging trip against 19 rivals.
There won’t be as much traffic to navigate this time, though the turns will be much tighter. Should Street Sense win, a Triple Crown bid might be the perfect remedy for racing a year after Derby winner Barbaro’s ill-fated breakdown in the Preakness.
Street Sense, a son of Street Cry, seems poised to dispatch a field that includes Derby runner-up Hard Spun, third-place finisher Curlin and Circular Quay, who finished sixth.
Also entered were C P West, Flying First Class, Mint Slewlep, Xchanger and King of the Roxy.
Hard Spun, who will be ridden by Maryland’s top rider Mario Pino, was the second choice at 5-2. The colt trained by Larry Jones drew the No. 7 post — the same post that Street Sense came from to win the Derby.
Curlin, beaten for the first time in the Derby after three overpowering victories, was the third choice at 7-2, and leaves from the No. 4 post. Circular Quay, the Louisiana Derby winner, was 8-1.
Street Sense arrived at Pimlico on Wednesday, a day after his final tuneup at Churchill Downs.
“He’s here and he’s doing good,” trainer Carl Nafzger said.