Mike Smith To Ride Improbable In 144th Preakness

by | 05.06.2019 | 4:26pm
Improbable after his final Derby workout

Trainer Bob Baffert has confirmed that Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher (promoted to fourth after the disqualification) Improbable will be pointed to the Preakness Stakes in two weeks' time, according to drf.com.

The 3-year-old son of City Zip was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., in the Derby, but will have the services of Hall of Fame veteran Mike Smith for the Preakness.

Baffert's other two Derby contenders, Game Winner and Roadster, are currently not expected for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

“It's too early to tell. I want to let the dust settle,” Baffert said. “I should know more in a few days. Right now, Improbable is the only one I'm considering for it. But I'm not sure. It takes about a week to find out how they are.”

Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and Starlight Racing, Improbable finished second behind Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby and second behind Long Range Toddy in the Rebel Stakes. As a 2-year-old, the colt won the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity and the listed Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs.

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