Graham Motion believes the colt he trains for Barry Irwin's Team Valor International is getting better. He's the 6-1 co-third choice with Creative Cause.
"My horse is very adaptable. I think that's one of his biggest attributes. He can kind of do anything you want with him," Motion said. "He ended up much farther back than Johnny wanted in the Derby, and that's probably what cost him being second. Maybe cost him the win. ... If nobody goes with the speed horse (Bodemeister), he's not going to be too far off the pace, probably."
Creative Cause is not to be dismissed, either. The gray colt trained by Mike Harrington moved into challenging position on the turn for home in the Derby, but flattened out and finished fifth — just three lengths behind the winner. He also has a win over I'll Have Another (in the Best Pal Stakes) and Bodemeister (in the San Felipe).
There are five new shooters set to go, all at odds ranging from 15- to 30-1.
Among them are Teeth of the Dog (15-1), who was third in the Wood Memorial for trainer Michael Matz; Tiger Walk (30-1), a local favorite owned by Kevin Plank's Sagamore Farm; and Cozzetti (30-1), trained by Dale Romans, who won last year's Preakness with Shackleford.
The forecast for Saturday calls for temperatures in the low 80s, with a slight chance of rain. A crowd of more than 100,000 is expected, with the Preakness post time set for 6:18 p.m. EDT.
The field, from the rail out: Tiger Walk (Kent Desormeaux, 30-1); Teeth of the Dog (Joe Bravo, 15-1); Pretension (Javier Santiago, 30-1); Zetterholm (Junior Alvarado, 20-1); Went the Day Well (John Velazquez, 6-1); Creative Cause (Joel Rosario, 6-1); Bodemeister (Mike Smith, 8-5); Daddy Nose Best (Julien Leparoux, 12-1); I'll Have Another (Mario Gutierrez, 5-2); Optimizer (Corey Nakatani, 30-1); and Cozzetti (Jose Lezcano, 30-1).
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