The morning line choice is Independent George (9-5), who has won four times on the grass and raced several times against Grade I company. Trained by Graham Motion, the son of Cozzene last appeared in August at Woodbine and finished a battling fifth in the Grade II Nijinsky. Kendrick Carmouche picks up the mount.
Ghost Hour, second choice on the morning line at 3-1, raced against Independent George in the Nijinsky, where he tired to seventh. His most recent start was a win against optional claiming runners February 28 at Gulfstream. Bryan Lynch trains the son of Awesome Again. Luis Garcia rides him for the first time.
Home from Florida and third choice on the program is Baltimore Bob (9-2), five times a winner in ten grassy starts and a winner at Gulfstream on the turf against optional claiming types this past winter. Carlos Garcia trains the Malibu Moon colt. Abel Castellano will ride.
Midwatch (8-1) has run forty-eight times on the grass with ten wins and eleven seconds. The ten-year-old was the pacesetter in last year’s Henry Clark before settling for second. Erick Rodriguez, who rode him last year, regains the mount.
Rounding out the field are Crimson Comic (10-1), Mint Slewlip (12-1), Mach Three (15-1), Regal Solo (15-1), Yankee Master (20-1), Brickell (30-1) and Crow’s Nest (30-1).
MARYLAND HORSE RADIO RETURNS SUNDAY MORNING
Maryland Horse Radio returns this Sunday, April 26 at 11 a.m. on WBIS-AM 1190 for its fifth consecutive season covering the Preakness and the Maryland racing industry. The one-hour show, hosted by Stanton Salter, delivers timely interviews with owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and other key people in the local and national racing scene.
This is the 12th consecutive year Salter has covered the Preakness and Triple Crown starting with his college radio station, WTMD, at Towson University in 1998. He later had assignments on WNST-AM 1570 and WMAR-TV.
"It is a hometown privilege to cover the Preakness and Maryland racing," Salter said. "The Preakness puts Maryland on an international stage. This could be one of the most entertaining Triple Crowns in recent years.”
Along with the live on-air program, people can listen to the live and archived shows on http://www.wbis1190.com. The program will run for five consecutive Sundays, ending on May 24, and will return later in the fall. Xpressbet is a new sponsor this year.