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2019 Preakness Stakes tips - Side with Rubley's 9/1 chance to make Triple Crown history in Pimlico feature

Pimlico Racecourse hosts the latest renewal of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday evening.

Brian Healy takes a look at the latest renewal of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the US Triple Crown and Saturday evening's US racing highlight.

Saturday evening States-side sees the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes head to post at Pimlico Racetrack, and the second leg of the US Triple Crown is sure to deliver another exciting contest.

Following just two weeks on from the drama of the Kentucky Derby, which saw the first horse past the post - Maximum Security - subsequently lose the race in the stewards’ room, and the verdict was given to runner-up Country House - a decision which has resulted in ongoing controversy.

The latest renewal of the Preakness Stakes, which is a Grade One contest over an extended 1m1f on dirt, gets underway at 11.48pm UK time, and a field of 13 runners has assembled to compete for a first prize pot just north of £700,000.

There’ll be no Triple Crown bid on this occasion however, with Country House not appearing in the final list of entries for this top-class contest.

It would be a fairytale indeed for Kelly Rubley if her ALWAYSMINING (9/1, Paddy Power) were to make the step up to Graded company a winning one, for she would become the first female trainer in Preakness Stakes history to collect this Grade One prize, and indeed any Triple Crown race.

But, her prize charge could well prove up to the task on the back of a six-win streak gained at nearby Laurel Park.

The Stay Thirsty gelding is bred locally by Avla Pitts, and the three-year old has proven to be a really talented sort with wins at distances from seven furlongs to an extended mile; he will try this longer trip for the first time, but all the signs from recent performances suggest he will thrive for the extra yardage.

It has been difficult not to have been impressed by him as he has routed opposition in each of his last six starts since being upped in distance on dirt, and his latest success in the Federico Tesio at Laurel Park saw him run out a wide-margin winner over runner-up Trifor Gold where he crossed the line almost twelve lengths to the good and only needing to be pushed out.

That win gave him an automatic entry into the Preakness Stakes, and he could be set to capitalise with another success here.



He has shown that he is tactically versatile, landing wins both when forcing the pace and when taking a lead, as he did when landing his latest success. He showed a potent turn of foot when asked for his effort last time out, and that augurs well for his chances for all this is a much tougher assignment than he faced to date.

His field of rivals in this contest includes four runners who contested the Kentucky Derby, although none were placed in the first four of that race which included multiple Graded winner War Of Will (4/1, Paddy Power); while recent Grade One scorer Improbable (9/4, William Hill) will offer stern resistance, with the latter likely to go off as the race-favourite.

Nevertheless, while this step up willl undoubtedly ask for more from the son of Stay Thirsty, he arrives here at the top of his game and he can continue to progress. This longer trip shouldn’t present too much of an issue, and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him find another jolt of improvement to deliver a history-making Preakness win for local connections.

He gets the vote to come out on top in a fascinating renewal of this Grade One prize at the expense of Improbable who can chase him home for the forecast spot.  

2019 PREAKNESS STAKES TIPS - ALWAYSMINING (9/1, Paddy Power)

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2019 Preakness Stakes tips - Side with Rubley's 9/1 chance to make Triple Crown history in Pimlico feature

Brian Healy takes a look at the latest renewal of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the US Triple Crown and Saturday evening's US racing highlight.

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