POST/NUMBER : 1. Marciano Odds: 30-1
JOCKEY: Mark Johnston: Born in Kentucky, he has found a home in Columbia. Johnston was the nation's top apprentice in 1990, when he rode in his first and until now, only, Preakness. In 2000, he was Maryland's leading jockey with 292 victories, was 20th in the nation in earnings ($7,333,059.)
TRAINER: Timothy F. Ritchey: He says he was "riding horses before I was walking." From Pittsburgh, he has trained at old Waterford Park and Penn National. He is now based at Delaware Park in summer and Fair Hill (Md.) training center in winter.
OWNERS: Win Mor Stable Inc.: The stables are owned by David Malatesta and Harry Papaleo, of Wilmington, Del. Malatesta is in the vending machine business and Papaleo is an accountant.
BREEDING: Breeder: Stoney Lane Farm
Bloodlines: By Two Punch-Pardonable, by Magesterial
Foaled: May 4, 1998
Color: Gray / roan
RECORD: 2001: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 places, $158,060
2000: 6 starts, 3 wins, 1 place, $79,440
Total: 11 starts, 5 wins, 3 places, $237,500
Last start: 1st, Tesio Stakes
COMMENT: Like the other fresh horses in the race, he may not be up to the task. He's won two straight at Pimlico, including the Federico Tesio Stakes. But when he tackled Richly Blended and Mr. John in the Gotham, he finished fourth.
POST/ NUMBER : 2. Mr. John
JOCKEY : Corey Nakatani: He finished eighth nationally in money won last year ($12,670,504) and has established himself as one of the leading riders on the Southern California circuit. He is still looking for his first victory in a Triple Crown race.
TRAINER : Elliott Walden: In 1998, his Victory Gallop deprived Real Quiet of becoming a Triple Crown winner. Walden had his best year in 1999, when his purse earnings totaled $7.7 million. He grew up the son of a horseman and now has his own stable in Kentucky.
OWNERS : Thomas F. Van Meter II: He is an owner, breeder and major consignor to thoroughbred sales in Kentucky, and is a partner in Eaton Sales.
BREEDING : Breeder: Lantern Hill Farm
Bloodlines: By Golden Gear- Come on Texas, by Apalachee
Foaled: April 8, 1998
RECORD : 2001: 3 starts, 1 win, 1 place, $61,600
2000: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 show, $29,330
Total: 5 starts, 2 wins, 1 place, 1 show, $90,930
Last start: 2nd*, Lexington Stakes
COMMENT : This lightly raced colt may be the best of the newcomers, but the 1 3 / 16 miles may be beyond his range. He will probably press the early pace. His trainer said the horse deserves a chance, but even he isn't sure how well he fits.
POST/ NUMBER: 3. Griffinite
JOCKEY : Shaun Bridgmohan: Won the 1998 Eclipse Award as the nation's top apprentice rider. Has finished among the Top 10 riders in New York each year since 1998. He won the General George Stakes at Laurel Park last winter, his first stakes victory in Maryland. This is his first Preakness.
TRAINER : Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen: Manages Ernie Paragallo's farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y. When Paragallo was looking for yet another trainer for this horse -- Pedersen is the third -- he called and she answered. She is the ninth woman to saddle a Preakness horse.
OWNERS: Paraneck Stable: Operated by Paragallo, an investment banker who lives in Lloyd Neck, N.Y. Paragallo started in the business in 1991 as a "pinhooker", someone who buys and then resells horses.
BREEDING : Breeder: Peter E. Blum
Bloodlines: By Unbridled's Song-Copious, by In Reality
Foaled: April 6, 1998
RECORD : 2001: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 place, $143,115
2000: 6 starts, 2 wins, 1 show, $71,912
Total: 8 starts, 3 wins, 1 place, 1 show, $215,027
Last start: 3rd*, Lexington Stakes
COMMENT : Enough with the trainer being the ninth woman trainer in the Preakness. She's a trainer. That's it. Now, about the horse. When he's run against the Dollar Bills and the A P Valentines of the world he has come up short.
POST / NUMBER : 4. A P Valentine
JOCKEY : Victor Espinoza: Riding in his second Preakness, Espinoza didn't ride in the Kentucky Derby. Espinoza is from Mexico and began riding professionally in 1993. A year ago, he rode Hugh Hefner in the Preakness and finished sixth. Last season, he ranked in the Top 10 nationally in earnings.
TRAINER : Nick Zito: He was the third most successful Triple Crown event trainer of the 1990s, winning the Kentucky Derby in 1991 (Strike the Gold) and 1994 (Go for Gin) and the Preakness in 1996 (Louis Quatorze). It is Zito's only Preakness win.
OWNER : Ol Memorial Stable and Michael Tabor: Ol Memorial, a partnership among University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, CEO of American Resources Rick Avare and Pitino's stockbroker Tom Healy, shares ownership with Tabor.
BREEDING : Breeder: William S. Kilroy
Bloodlines: By A.P. Indy-Twenty Eight Carat, by Alydar
Foaled: Feb. 14, 1998
RECORD : 2001: 4 starts, 1 win, 1 show, $39,060
2000: 4 starts, 2 win, 1 show, $329,110
Total: 8 starts, 3 wins, 2 shows, $368,170
Last start: 7th, Kentucky Derby
COMMENT : He kept running into trouble in the Derby. With a clean trip he could improve in the Preakness. But the fact is that A P Valentine has not fulfilled the promise of his spectacular win as a 2-year-old in the Champagne.
POST / NUMBER : 5. Congaree
JOCKEY : Jerry Bailey: This is his 11th Preakness. Has won four Eclipse Awards as North America's top rider in the past six years -- and was runner-up in the other two. He's the defending champion rider here, having won on Red Bullet last May.
TRAINER : Bob Baffert: In six years, Baffert has made himself into a legend by nearly winning the Triple Crown in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet, respectively. He is a native of Nogales, Ariz., who spent his early years training quarter horses.
OWNERS : Stonerside Stable: Owners Robert and Janice McNair were part-owners of Touch Gold, the 1997 Belmont winner, but are still looking for their first victories at the Derby and Preakness.
BREEDING : Breeder: Stonerside Stable Ltd.
Bloodlines: By Arazi-Mari's Sheba, by Mari's Book
Foaled: April 20, 1998
RECORD : 2001: 4 starts, 3 wins, 1 show, $597,400
2000: 1 start, $0
Total: 5 starts, 3 wins, 1 show, $597,400
Last start: 3rd, Kentucky Derby
COMMENT : He must relax early, or he'll do what he did in the Derby: claim the lead turning for home only to succumb to the closers. Removing the blinkers and hiring Jerry Bailey may do the trick. But is Congaree capable of another top effort?
POST / NUMBER : 6. Richly Blended
JOCKEY : Rick Wilson: At 47, the oldest rider in the field. He lives in Sykesville and rides almost exclusively in Maryland. Earlier in his career, he was the leading rider nine times at Keystone Race Track-Philadelphia Park. This is his fifth Preakness, where his best finish has been sixth -- twice.
TRAINER : Ben Perkins Jr.: A 20-year-veteran of horse training, he also has a degree from the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Managing the horse business is just like managing any business, he says.
OWNERS : Raymond Dweck: A 74-year-old retired businessman who lets his bloodstock adviser, Baden P. "Buzz" Chace, spend his money on fine thoroughbreds. Then Dweck travels the country to watch them run.
BREEDING : Breeder: Harry T. Mangurian Jr.
Bloodlines: By Rizzi-Valid Blend, by Valid Appeal
Foaled: Jan. 15, 1998
RECORD : 2001: 5 starts, 4 wins, 1 show, $323,280
2000: No starts
Last start: 1st, Withers Stakes
COMMENT : Meet the pacesetter. The smallish colt is a speedball, but his sprinter's pedigree will probably kick in around the final turn. He finished a distant third in the Wood behind Congaree and Monarchos. His chances are even slimmer here.
POST / NUMBER : 7. Monarchos
JOCKEY : Jorge Chavez: Has been on a roll. He won the Eclipse Award as the top jockey in 1999. He finished fourth on the money list last year ($14,440,907). And then topped it all by winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Now he is only rider with a chance at the Triple Crown.
TRAINER : John T. Ward Jr: A third-generation Kentucky horseman, he is very proud of his Derby victory, calling it a victory for Kentuckians. He has a degree in agricultural economics. He and his wife, Donna, operate John T. Ward Stables and Sugar Grove Farm in Central Kentucky.
OWNERS : John C. Oxley: Has owned thoroughbreds for 27 years and owns 220-acre Fawn Leap Farm in Kentucky. Oxley is owner and president of Oxley Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration company based in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.
BREEDING : Breeder: J. D. Squires
Bloodlines: By Maria's Mon-Regal Band, by Dixieland Band
Foaled: Feb. 9, 1998
Color: Gray / roan
RECORD : 2001: 5 starts, 4 wins, 1 place, $1,601,600
2000: 2 starts, 1 show, $4,030
Total: 7 starts, 4 wins, 1 place, 1 show, $1,605,630
Last start: 1st, Kentucky Derby
COMMENT : His trainer has said that the Preakness would be the toughest Triple Crown race. Concerns are the shorter distance, the two-week comeback time and the perception that Pimlico favors speed. But Monarchos is primed. He's your winner.
POST / NUMBER: 8. Percy Hope
JOCKEY : Jon Court: He grew up in Central Florida and says he was inspired to be a jockey by watching Bill Shoemaker ride races on TV. Is now the all-time leading rider at Birmingham Race Course in Alabama and at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind. This is his first Preakness.
TRAINER : Tony Reinstedler: He worked as everything from a track handyman to a groom before finally working his way to assistant trainer under Shug McGaughey. More than 10 years ago, in Louisville, Ky., he went on his own. This is his first Preakness, too.
OWNERS : Waterfall Stables: The name cousins Peter and Thomas Willmott have chosen to race under. Peter lives in Chicago, Thomas in Boston. Together they own Ridinghood, the dam of Percy Hope.
BREEDING : Breeder: Peter and Thomas Willmott
Bloodlines: By Ide -Ridinghood, by Red Ransom
Foaled: April 28, 1998
RECORDS : 2001: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 places, $370,200
2000: 7 starts, 2 wins, 2 shows, $58,197
Total: 12 starts, 4 wins, 2 places, 2 shows, $428,397
Last start: 1st, Lone Star Derby
COMMENT : His trainer believes the colt deserves a chance after winning the Lone Star Derby. Lone Star Park has offered a $1 million bonus to its Derby winner if he wins a Triple Crown race. The money is probably safe.
POST / NUMBER : 9. Bay Eagle
JOCKEY : Ramon Dominguez: A native of Venezuela, Dominguez resides in Newark, Del. He is familiar to Maryland and Delaware horse racing fans. He was the third leading rider in victories last year with 361 and had purse earnings of $7,987,083. This will be his second Preakness.
TRAINER : H. Graham Motion: Grew up at Herringswell Stud farm near Newmarket, England. His father was a bloodstock agent. Eventually, he arrived in Maryland. He's twice been the top percentage winner at Laurel Race Course.
OWNER : Lazy Lane Farms Inc.: Joe Allbritton's farm was in the headlines in 1991 with Hansel, the 5-2 Kentucky Derby favorite. Hansel finished 10th, but won the Preakness and the Belmont.
BREEDER : Breeder: Lazy Lane Stables
Bloodlines: By Secret Hello-Sea Wake, by Alydar
Foaled: March 8, 1998
Color: Dark bay / brown
RECORD : 2001: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 shows, $92,823
2000: 5 starts, 3 places, 1 show, $25,100
Total: 10 starts, 2 wins, 3 places, 3 shows, $117,923
Last start: 4th*, Lexington Stakes
COMMENT : He had a rough trip in the Lexington, and its 1 1 / 16 miles wasn't his optimum distance. He wants more. But when you consider closers in the Preakness, are you going to select Bay Eagle over Monarchos and Point Given?
POST / NUMBER : 10. Dollar Bill
JOCKEY : Pat Day: The 4-foot, 11-inch Day is riding in his 15th Preakness looking for a record-tying sixth win. He won three straight -- 1994 (Tabasco Cat), 1995 (Timber Country) and 1996 (Louis Quatorze). His most recent Triple Crown win came last year in the Belmont with Commendable.
TRAINER : Dallas Stewart: Former assistant of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. His love of racing was born at age 10, when his grandfather gave him a horse. After 11 years with Lukas, Stewart went out on his own in 1997. His parting gifts were a pony, a saddle and Lukas' blessing.
OWNERS : Gary and Mary West: The Wests bought their first horses in 1980 and in 1993, won the Arkansas Derby with Rockamundo at 108-1 odds. They've had more than 10 stakes winners. Still searching for Triple Crown glory.
BREEDING : Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Courtney
Bloodlines: By Peaks and Valleys-Saratoga Dame, by Saratoga Six
Foaled: March 27, 1998 Color: Bay
RECORD : 2001: 4 starts, 1 win, 1 show, $195,000
2000: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 places, $258,696
Total: 9 starts, 3 wins, 2 places, 1 show, $453,696
Last start: 15th, Kentucky Derby
COMMENT : He's endured three straight rough trips. Is he simply unlucky or not good enough to stay out of trouble? With a clean trip, he may be good enough. Pat Day retained the mount when he could have switched to A P Valentine. Don't count him out.
POST NUMBER / 11. Point Given
JOCKEY : Gary Stevens: This is his 12th Preakness. And what does he have to show for it? A win on Silver Charm (1997), a second on Victory Gallop (1998) and five thirds. He retired in 1999 and came back in 2000. He has won just about all there is to win -- except the Triple Crown.
TRAINER : Bob Baffert: He turned to thoroughbred racing in the early 1990s. Today, Baffert is looking for his third Preakness victory. He hasn't won since Real Quiet in 1998. In his four other efforts, he has two fourths and one "DNF' (Did Not Finish).
OWNERS : The Thoroughbred Corp: A group of international businessmen from Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United States headed by Prince Ahmed Salman, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family.
BREEDING : Breeder: The Thoroughbred Corp.
Bloodlines: By Thunder Gulch-Turko's Turn, by Turkoman
Foaled: March 27, 1998
RECORD: 2001: 3 starts, 2 wins, $600,000
2000: 6 starts, 3 wins, 3 places, $618,500
Total: 9 starts, 5 wins, 3 places, $1,218,500
Last start: 5th, Kentucky Derby
COMMENT : He drew the outside post again, and that can't help. But the real question is, what happened in the Derby? No one seems to know, not even his trainer. The colt is high-spirited, maybe too high-spirited. Figure him out, and the race is yours.
Note: Odds are morning-line odds *
--Mr. John was disqualified and placed eighth in the Lexington Stakes, with Griffinite placed second and Bay Eagle third.
Comments by Sun staff writer Tom Keyser