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Post Positions: 10, 11 and 12 (below)
Post Position: 10
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

I could be crass and ask, ''Why?'' But then that would show that I didn't learn much from this year's Derby. Of course, you've got to be in it to win it, but after a Derby in which Flying Private (pictured) was never a factor in a 19th-place finish, it's hard to see him with a chance in Baltimore. His trainer may be a Hall-of-Famer, but that probably isn't going to be enough on Saturday.

Post Position: 11
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Take the Point's two career victories came in races that were just a mile in length, and the Preakness may be just beyond the limits of his endurance. Still, he's only finished off the board twice in six career starts -- never worse than fourth -- and his trainer and rider are tops in their respective fields. But the biggest strike against him is that he's never shown the same kind of speed as the best horses in the Preakness.

Post Position: 12
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Trainer: William Kolmo
The local horse is the only one in the field who has made a start at Pimlico, but the Preakness will be Tone It Down's first graded stakes action. He's another who's never shown the kind of speed that will be needed to win on Saturday, and seems to be merely looking for a piece of the prize.

Text: Mark Beech
Photo: AP

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