Preakness comes at perfect time for Pegasus winner Pneumatic

Preakness comes at perfect time for Pegasus winner Pneumatic

Two years after they finished a very close third in the Preakness with Tenfold, owner Ron Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen will be back in the 1 3/16-mile classic with Pneumatic. Tenfold closed out of a fog that obscured the view of much of the 2018 Preakness, coming up three-quarters of a length shy of Kentucky Derby winner Justify, who went on to take the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.

Pneumatic worked five-eighths of a mile Sunday over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track in 1:01 2/5. The Uncle Mo colt will remain there with assistant trainer Scott Blasi until shipping to Pimlico.

“He’s training really well,” Asmussen said. “Obviously we were encouraged with his Pegasus. We thought it was his strongest race to date. It appears the Derby participants have come out in good order, and the Preakness ought to be a great race.”

Pneumatic won his first two starts at Oaklawn Park, then was third in Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Stakes (G2) won by the highly regarded Maxfield. After a fourth in the revamped Belmont Stakes, eight weeks later he captured Monmouth Park’s Aug. 15 Pegasus. Now he’ll have seven weeks before the Preakness.

“We made a conscious decision, because of how well he ran in the Pegasus from the timing after the Belmont to the Pegasus, to try to follow a similar plan that he responded to,” Asmussen said, “(having) nothing but respect for how good of a race it’s going to be.”

2020 Preakness Stakes (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Tiz the Law
Constitution
8.03
B. Tagg
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Art Collector
Bernardini
7.42
T. Drury
1st, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Authentic
Into Mischief
7.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Probable
 King Guillermo
Uncle Mo
6.70
J. Avila
2nd, 2020 Arkansas Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Ny Traffic
Cross Traffic
6.53
S. Joseph, Jr.
8th, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Dr Post
Quality Road
6.49
T. Pletcher
4th, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Mr. Big News
Giant's Causeway
6.36
W. Calhoun
3rd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Probable
 Thousand Words
Pioneerof the Nile
6.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) 
Probable
 Mystic Guide
Ghostzapper
6.03
M. Stidham
1st, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Pneumatic
Uncle Mo
5.92
S. Asmussen
1st, 2020 Pegasus (LS) 
Probable
 Lebda
Raison d'Etat
5.91
C. Gonzalez
3rd, 2020 Robert Hilton Memorial (LS)
Goal
 Shirl's Speight
Speightstown
5.84
R. Attfield
1st, 2020 Marine (G3) 
Goal
 Mongolian Wind
Mucho Macho Man
4.79
W. Eno
1st, 2020 Manitoba Derby (LS)
Goal
 Liveyourbeastlife
Ghostzapper
4.45
J. Abreu
2nd, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Happy Saver
Super Saver
4.19
T. Pletcher
1st, 2020 Federico Tesio (LS)
Possible

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