Preakness 146 Horse Profile: France Go De Ina

Joel Rosario gets the call as jockey for Japanese import France Go De Ina
Joel Rosario gets the call as jockey for Japanese import France Go De Ina
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With a field of ten announced for Preakness 146 at Pimlico this Saturday. Our in-house handicapper and turf-man both put together their thoughts on each of the runners set to complete in the second of the Triple Crown races.

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Sean's Take...

France Go de Ina (#7):  This Japanese invader adds a bit of spice to the Preakness, but that’s about the most I can say for him. I won’t tell you he got a particularly comfortable trip in the G1 UAE Derby last out in Dubai as he broke slowly and was forced to rally through some traffic around the far turn, however he was never going to be able to make an impact in that race, which was a far weaker spot than this. I appreciate his intrepid connections for sending him over here, but I can’t endorse him as a betting proposition.

 

J.N.'s Take...

Back in March, Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori brought this young colt to Dubai and entered him in the jampacked UAE Derby field. You must understand, this conditioner doesn’t make money moves just on a whim. If he is entering . . . then he expects to win.

Making the jump from 2-yr-old MSW Co. into that pool was a big step, and out of 14, he finished a somewhat respectable 6th. Now, coming to Pimlico, on the other side of the Thoroughbred universe, a son of Will Take Charge, is trying to take the US by storm. He is going to need a big effort, and this time around, he probably will not have the services of Joel Rosario like he did back in the UAE.

Still, you can bet he will be ready. Running against the likes of Appleby’s Rebel’s Romance, who we will see in the Belmont S. (G1) in June, hopefully bodes well from the internationalist perspective. More to come on the stage from this accomplished trainer . . . that is for sure.

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Preakness Stakes 2021

Preakness Stakes 2021 Race Card

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PP 3

Medina Spirit

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: John Velazquez /
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert /
Morning Line Odds

Kentucky Derby winner. You all know the story about his failed drugs test. Has to pass Pre-Race testing otherwise he will be scratched. If he runs, worthy favorite. Tough front-running horse.

10
PP 10

Concert Tour

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Mike Smith /
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert /
Morning Line Odds

Second favorite behind stablemate Medina Spirit. Won the San Vicente and Rebel in impressive fashion before a third place finish at the Arkansas Derby. Front-runner. If he gets out to the lead early then he'll be tough to beat. Big if though with Medina Spirit in the field.

5
PP 5

Midnight Bourbon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: Steve Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds

If you are looking to bet away from Bob Baffert, here's your best shot. Hit the board in all five of the Derby Prep Races he entered, winning the Grade III Lecomte. Ran 6th in the Derby. Contender.

4
PP 4

Crowded Trade

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Javier Castellano /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /

Hit the board twice in the NYRA Road to the Derby. Surprised he's as short as 10/1 on the Morning Line. Expect that to drift.

6
PP 6

Rombauer

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Flavien Prat /
  • Trainer: Michael McCarthy /

My favorite horse of the perceived outsiders. Thought his third place behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated in the Grade II Blue Grass was a good run. Outsider but not a no hoper.

2
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Keepmeinmind

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: David Cohen /
  • Trainer: Robertino Diodoro /

Came home 7th in the Kentucky Derby. Looked like an excellent two-year-old but hasn't hit the board in three starts as a three-year-old. Tough to back even in deep exotics.

8
PP 8

Unbridled Honor

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Luis Saez /
  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher /

Broke his Maiden back in February at Tampa Bay Downs. 4th in the Tampa Bay Derby and second behind King Fury at the Lexington. Would be a big step up to contend in the Preakness.

9
PP 9

Risk Taking

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Jose Ortiz /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /

Won the Grade III Withers back in February but followed that up with a 7th place finish in that shocking Wood Memorial. Deep exotics possibilities.

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PP 7

France Go De Ina

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Joel Rosario /
  • Trainer: Hideyuki Mori /

Flown in from Japan following a very disappointing 6th place in the UAE Derby. Was highly thought of going into that race. Would need to up his game seriously to be near the front in the closing stages.

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PP 1

Ram

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. /
  • Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas /

Broke his Maiden at the 9th time of asking. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas looking for his 8th Preakness win. Real real long shot here.

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