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  • Kentucky Derby entrant Bodexpress runs during a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Preakness contender War of Will, with exercise rider Kim Carroll aboard, is led out of the barn to exercise, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 18. (AP Photo/Will Newton)

  • Trainer Bob Baffert looks out from his barn before a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:10 pm

Bob Baffert-trained Improbable 5-2 Preakness favorite

DAVID GINSBURG | Associated Press

 

BALTIMORE — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek his record-setting eighth Preakness victory Saturday with 5-2 morning line favorite Improbable, who will start from the No. 4 post in a field of 13 horses.

For the first time since 1951, the Preakness will not include the four horses that crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby. Improbable finished fifth and was moved up to fourth following the disqualification of Maximum Security for interference.

It was the only time in six career races that Improbable failed to finish first or second.

War of Will, the second choice at 4-1, received the No. 1 post in Wednesday's draw. It's the same post position he had in the Kentucky Derby, when he finished eighth and was moved up to seventh.

Baffert and R.W. Walden, who saddled seven winners in the late 1800s, are currently tied atop the Preakness leaderboard.

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