The Preakness field could expand from 7-or-8 to 12 after jockey Jose Santos was cleared Monday of any wrongdoing aboard Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
Bobby Frankel finally made his decision Sunday and will seek his first Triple Crown race victory, entering ever-consistent Peace Rules in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Other news from Pimlico not involving the Derby debacle is that Bob Baffert will hold out the promising Indian Express because of a bruised foot.
The two best horses in the projected field, Peace Rules and Funny Cide, are my main keys. I will also throw in Senor Swinger, coming off a big win on the grass. The turf to dirt angle has been very successful this year. In the Super, I will hope for the best with Champali and Scrimshaw. Keep in mind that Champali moves way up in the mud and has the services of Hall of Fame rider Jerry Bailey. If it’s a wet track, upgrade him to the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Anyone that is still holding Kentucky Derby future tickets on Empire Maker can put them with the other losing tickets. Even if Funny Cide had been disqualified, the race books here would still have paid off future bets on the horse.