Each day leading to Saturday's Preakness Stakes, we'll profile some of the horses who will bolt from the starting gate in the 132nd running of the second jewel in the Triple Crown. Today, we'll profile the two horses being entered by trainer Todd Pletcher, Circular Quay and King of the Roxy. Pletcher, despite winning successive Eclipse Awards as North America's leading trainer, has never won a Triple Crown race. Both horses are training at Belmont and will van to Baltimore tomorrow. Pletcher has had an entry in the Preakness just once before, in 2000.
Circular Quay -- Son of a Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner, Thunder Gulch, this colt finished sixth in this year's Kentucky Derby. As a 3-year-old, he has three starts and won the Louisiana Derby. Last year, he had five races, winning three times and placing twice. John Velazquez will be the jockey. Circular Quay and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense have run against each other three times before. Besides Street Sense's Derby win, the horses split their two battles as 2-year-olds.
King of the Roxy -- With three wins in his seven starts, King of the Roxy finished second in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7. He has one win as a 3-year-old at Gulfstream Park. Perhaps a disadvantage for King of the Roxy is that he'll have his sixth jockey in the Preakness. The Saturday ride goes to Garrett Gomez. At Santa Anita, King of the Roxy had the lead but was overtaken by Tiago. If you look at the race, you'll see that King of the Roxy got a wide ride before he was beaten in the stretch.
And ... O, by the Way, we'll be blogging from Pimlico on Saturday. So, if you're home, at the coffee shop or have to work, join us here.