Preakness Contenders

Always Dreaming
Bodemeister Above Perfection
6-4-1-1 $2,284,700
Always Dreaming kept his perfect record intact through four starts this year with his impressive 2 ¾-length victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Given a perfect ride from his Hall of Fame jockey, John Velazquez, Always Dreaming tracked long shot pacesetter State of Honor for a half-mile that went in 46.53 seconds before taking over the top spot, turning back bids from Battle of Midway and Irish War Cry and splashed home in 2:03.59 over a sloppy, sealed main track.
Always Dreaming, a dark bay or brown son of 2012 Preakness runner-up Bodemeister, finished third in his career debut last July at Belmont Park and second in his next start at Saratoga, both as the favorite.
He went unraced until making his 3-year-old debut Jan. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs, romping to an 11 ½-length maiden special weight score going one mile and 40 yards. Sent to Gulfstream Park for his first try against winners, Always Dreaming cruised to a front-running four-length triumph March 4, stamping his ticket to the Florida Derby (G1).
In the Florida Derby, his stakes debut, Always Dreaming settled in behind multiple stakes-winning pacesetter Three Rules, moved up to challenge around the far turn and powered down the stretch to win by five lengths.
Always Dreaming is the third Florida Derby winner in five years to repeat in the Kentucky Derby, and became the 44th starter in the Florida Derby’s 66-year-history to win a Triple Crown race.