The Preakness

from Pimlico

Fast Track Selections May 16th, 1998.



Here's how we see the race developing: As they settle after the break Cape Town and Black Cash go to the front with Classic Cat either splitting them or sitting in just behind. Coronado's Quest and Real Quiet will be sitting a few lengths back within striking distance, and Victory Gallop will be 8 to 10 lengths off the lead, so as not to have as much room to make up as in the Derby. Real Quiet is likely to be hung a little outside in the early going. Along the backstrech Cape Town will begin to get the better of Black Cash and Classic Cat will move up to challenge. As they enter the turn both Coronado's Quest and Real Quiet will make strong moves, with the former having a slight trip edge on the inside. Coming off the turn the two will hook up in the lead down the stretch as Cape Town fades and Classic Cat tries to hold off Victory Gallop who is making a strong late move that is too late to catch the leaders. As they approach the wire Corondo's Quest is likely to take advantage of a better trip out last Real Quiet to win by about a length. Classic Cat and Victory Gallop end in a photo finish for third. On the other hand . . . . Up date May 16th. Having just learned that Coronado's Quest has been scratched with a bruised foot, we will revise or projections slightly. The race will go pretty much as set out above, except that when Real Quiet makes his move there will be no one to match him unless Victory Gallop starts a little earlier. Real Quiet will hold off Victory Gallup if he gets close, and Classic Cat will hang in for third. Quick Picks: Real Quiet Victory Gallup Classic CAt Pace Profile: Real Quiet Classic Cat Cape Town Spud Says: Real Quiet Victory Gallup Long Shot: Classic Cat CONSENSUS: Real Quiet Victory Gallup Classic Cat Cape Town Rtg ML LR EP LP FTS Coronado's Quest +++ 2-1 108 106 100 106 SCRATCHED Real Quiet +++ 5-2 104 104 100 104 Cape Town + 5-1 100 105 98 103 Victory Gallup ++ 3-1 103 96 107 103 Classic Cat + 12-1 104 103 100 103 Basic Trainee 99-1 0 99 101 100 Baquero 20-1 93 99 Hot Wells 20-1 98 100 98 98 Black Cash 20-1 100 101 96 97 Spartan Cat 30-1 92 95 99 94 Silver's Prospect 99-1 80 96 91 87