Steve Landers Racing's Dazzling Gem and Jacks or Better Farm's Fellowship were added to the list of Preakness candidates, joining the 1-2-3 Derby finishers, Nyquist, Exaggerator and Gun Runner, as well as Suddenbreakingnews, Brody's Cause, Creator, Lani, Awesome Speed, Cherry Wine, Collected, Laoban and Stradivari.
Dazzling Gem captured his first two career starts at Oaklawn this year before finishing third behind Gun Runner in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and fourth behind Creator in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
“The Preakness is possible and so is the Peter Pan (Saturday at Belmont Park), but right now I am leaning more toward Pimlico than Belmont,” trainer Brad Cox said Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Fellowship finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile (G3) at Churchill Downs on last Saturday's Kentucky Derby undercard. Trainer Mark Casse's son and assistant trainer Norman Casse reported that the son of Awesome of Course exited the race in good order while confirming that the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park is a candidate for the Preakness.
“He's already proven he can run well around two turns,” Mark Casse told the Courier-Journal. “I think the other day was a bit of an experiment. We were obviously trying to win, but we maybe had him sitting a little closer than we should have.
“He's a nice horse, and I think he'll probably sit back a little bit and try to come with a run. If the pace is hot, he'll be effective.”
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