Filly Secret Oath Aiming for Trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Record-Tying 7th Preakness Win
There are 10 stakes races Saturday at Pimlico including the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes in Race 13. Post time at 7:01 p.m. ET. Using TVG projections and Horse Racing Nation (HRN) as a guide, here are the horse profiles for the second leg of America’s Triple Crown.
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#4 Secret Oath
Morning Line Odds: 9/2
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Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Luis Saez, Secret Oath was installed at 9/2 odds in the Preakness field of nine runners. That's just behind favorite Epicenter and Early Voting.
Following in the hoof prints of Swiss Skydiver and Rachel Alexandra, this talented filly won the Kentucky Oaks decisively on May 6. She belongs with this group of Preakness runners and takes on the boys for a second time after running less than her best with a wide run in the Arkansas Derby. She was the 6/5 favorite in that race and made a big move around the far turn from the back, moving up to chase the winner home before getting caught late to finish third.
Lukas brings her into this race with plenty of foundation and the extra ground is something she’ll be able to readily handle while likely sitting off the leaders about three lengths down the backstretch. Secret Oath has muscled up, gotten stronger and should like the tighter turns at Pimlico as she strides home looking to give legendary 86-year-old trainer D. Wayne Lukas his record-tying seventh Preakness triumph.
Secret Oath has missed the trifecta just once in eight lifetime starts and figures to make it 8-for-9 when they cross the wire. She is a very viable win contender.
There is plenty of intrigue with this year’s Preakness.
Will Epicenter validate the belief he ran the best Kentucky Derby performance based on being relatively close to the hot pace? Can Kentucky Oaks' winner Secret Oath take on the boys and prevail the way Swiss Skydiver did in 2020? Will 'new shooter' Early Voting pull off the upset like Rombauer did last year after also skipping the Kentucky Derby? Is there a longshot lurking in the wings to run by them all?
The last three Preakness winners have gone to post with odds of 11/1, 11/1 and 6/1. Justify in 2018 was the last Preakness favorite to win the race on his way to capturing the Triple Crown.