Preakness odds for Flying Private will be on a horse that is trained by a man that has won five Preakness gambling titles. Preakness odds for Flying Private are for a horse that enters Preakness gambling action on a downer after having finished dead last, (19th), in the Kentucky Derby.
Lucas said that much more was expected of Flying Private in the Derby and that he expects a far better performance against the Preakness odds and that the “real” horse will show up in Baltimore. Lucas’ last win against the Preakness odds was in 1999 with Charismatic.
He has saddled 32 previous starters against the Preakness odds. Flying Private does not have the greatest resume to take against the Preakness odds but he has what Lucas describes as a lot of natural talent.
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Flying Private finished 5th in the Arkansas Derby, which was won by Kentucky Derby entrant Papa Clem. Flying Private was never really in the Arkansas Derby and was no higher than fourth in the race, which gives little to sell against the Preakness odds.
Prior to the Arkansas Derby Flying Private came off a pair of second place finishes at the Lane’s End at Turfway Park on February 28 and the Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn Park on February 28. The only win posted by Flying Private was a Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on July 23 of last year.
He enters action against the Preakness odds with just one win in 11 starts. Lucas is a four time Eclipse winner and passed Charlie Whittingham as the all time leading money winner back in 1988. Lucas is tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown wins of all time.
Flying Private will be mounted by Robby Albarado. One of his best rides ever was a third place finish in the 2007 Kentucky Derby aboard Curlin. He rode Curlin to the Breeders Cup Classic title in Grade one.
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