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Unable to draw into the Kentucky Derby as the first alternate entry, speedy front-running Laoban was pointed to the Preakness where he figures to be an early pace presence.
The Preakness will be the sixth lifetime start for Laoban, each coming at different tracks in California, New York and Kentucky. The dark bay or brown son of Uncle Mo is still seeking his first win.
Though without a victory, Laoban has made his last three starts in graded stakes. He ran third behind fellow Preakness new shooter Collected in the Sham (G3) Jan. 9 to open his 3-year-old season, and set the pace in the March 5 Gotham (G3) before finishing second to Shagaf.
Most recently, Laoban led the way again in the 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass (G1) April 9 at Keeneland after being unprepared at the start, fading to fourth behind Brody’s Cause, My Man Sam – each of whom went on to the Derby – and Preakness contender Cherry Wine.
Pronounced ‘lay-ban,’ the name Laoban means ‘boss’ in Mandarin, Chinese.