Trainer Ian Jory is looking for revenge in the Preakness with his Best Pal, beaten in the Kentucky Derby by Strike the Gold.
Redemption is on the mind of Frank Brothers, the trainer of Hansel, who finished 10th as the favorite in the Derby.Ambush is the plan of trainer Ron McAnally, who will saddle the freshest horse in the 1 3-16-mile Preakness - Arkansas Derby winner Olympio, who will be racing for the first time in 28 days.
The dreams of these and other Preakness trainers are just that in the opinion of Nick Zito, who believes reality will yield a victory that will move Strike the Gold to the threshold of the Triple Crown.
"Somehow he's going to get there," Zito said.
A victory would make Strike the Gold the second son of Alydar in five years to win the first two races of the Triple Crown series. Alysheba won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1987, then finished fourth in the Bel
The 11th, and last, Triple Crown winner was Affirmed, who beat Alydar in all three races.
Best Pal, who was behind horses on the rail until the deep stretch, finished 13/4 lengths behind Strike the Gold in the 11/4-mile Derby.
"I'm looking forward to a rematch," Jory said. "That's what these races are all about."
Last year, Summer Squall, the Derby runner-up to Unbridled, turned the tables in the Preakness.
Best Pal would be the sixth gelding and the first since Holiday in 1914 to win the Preakness. He would be the first California-bred winner since Snow Chief in 1986.