Renowed trainer Todd Pletcher has Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes wins under his belt, but the University of Arizona product has yet to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown series. He will make another run at it tomorrow evening with the City Zip sired Dance City. Sports Betting Odds have the colt listed at +1600 moneyline odds to win the 2011 Preakness Stakes.
One thing is for certain about Dance City as he enters the 2011 Preakness Stakes: he will be fresh. The bay clot has just four races to his credit and his last run came at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 16th.
Dance City, which broke his maiden in January, won a one mile Allowance race in March and took third at Oaklawn Park behind winner Aracharcharch and late charger Nehro.
Dance City will start tomorrow's race from gate eight, a position that served War Emblem and Bernardini well in 2002 and 2006 respectively. Pletcher was pleased with the draw, especially with some of the quicker horses like Shackleford sitting closer to the rail.
"I think it's good," Pletcher said. "I think most of the speed is inside us. Right in the middle is a good spot. I'm pretty happy sitting there."
In additon to the advantageous starting position, Pletcher also feels that the lightly raced colt may be coming into his own at the perfect time.
"He's the kind of horse that gives you the impression he'll improve as he matures physically and mentally," Pletcher said. "He's a very growthy, leggy kind of colt that has more speed than you would think by looking at him. We think he's kind of grown into himself finally and hope he's ready to run his best race."
Riding Dance City in the Preakness will be 2010 Eclipse Award winner Ramon Dominguez. It will be Dominguez first race aboard the promising Edward P. Evans colt.
Dance City 2011 Preakness Stakes Odds:
To Win +1600
To Finish in the Top Three +500