Preakness 146 Horse Profile: Unbridled Honor

The Todd Pletcher trained Unbridled Honor is considered one of the longer shots for Preakness 146
The Todd Pletcher trained Unbridled Honor is considered one of the longer shots for Preakness 146
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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...

Unbridled Honor (#8):  He got a phenomenal trip last out in the G3 Lexington at Keeneland behind a monstrous early pace and still was no match for winner King Fury, who was subsequently scratched out of the Derby. Unbridled Honor earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for his runner-up finish in the Lexington, which is far and away a career best, but it’s difficult to envision him matching that number here given the way things coalesced in that race, and his prior form only underscores what an anomaly the Lexington was for him. There’s still plenty of time for him to develop into a top 3-year-old, but at this juncture I’m just not seeing it.

 

J.N.'s Take...

Not to be left out of a Triple Crown Trail conversation, Todd Pletcher, who is bound for the Racing Hall of Fame, brings this homebred into the Preakness. The trainer developed a strategy when he sent this one along to run at Tampa in their Derby (G2), but nothing went to plan after a 4th place finish in that crucible of a race. He decided to redeploy, and targeted some of the last KYD Points in the Lexington (G3) at Keeneland.

At 20/1, the son of the great Honor Code did not disappoint his lineage when he came in 2nd just behind King Fury. That McPeek member has since struggled with a fever, and his fate is unknown when it comes to when we will see him next. As for this Pletcher pal, he will end up being my top selection if he makes it to the Starting Gate. He is peaking just at the right time, and should be able to stretch out based on where he comes from. Whisper Hill Farm has a gem here folks, don’t sleep on this one . . .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PP 2

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.

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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.

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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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