Preakness post positions, odds: Mage favored after Kentucky Derby win

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Kentucky Derby winner Mage was made the 8-5 morning-line favorite during Monday’s draw for Saturday’s $1.65 million, Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Post time for the Preakness is 7:01 p.m., and the race will be televised by NBC.

Mage, trained by Gustavo Delgado, did not race as a 2-year-old and is 2-1-0 in four starts this year after winning the Kentucky Derby by a length over Two Phil’s. Mage, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, drew the No. 3 post position in the field of eight.

Louisville trainer Brad Cox has the second choice in the morning line with First Mission, who is 5-2 after winning the Grade 3 Lexington on April 15 at Keeneland. In a notable return, trainer Bob Baffert is back in a Triple Crown race for the first time since the 2021 Preakness. His horse, National Treasure, is the third choice in the morning line at 4-1 odds.

The eight-horse field is the smallest for the Preakness since 2018, when Justify won in an eight-horse field on his way to winning the Triple Crown.

2023 Preakness post position, horse, trainer, jockey, morning-line odds

1. National Treasure, Bob Baffert, John Velazquez, 4-1

2. Chase the Chaos, Ed Moger Jr., Sheldon Russell, 50-1

3. Mage, Gustavo Delgado, Javier Castellano, 8-5

4. Coffeewithchris, John Salzman Jr., Jaime Rodriguez, 20-1

5. Red Route One, Steve Asmussen, Joel Rosario, 10-1

6. Perform, Shug McGaughey, Feargal Lynch, 15-1

7. Blazing Sevens, Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr., 6-1

8. First Mission, Brad Cox, Luis Saez, 5-2

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