Big Brown Favorite in 12-Horse Preakness Field

(BALTIMORE) - Big Brown is a heavy favorite to bag the second leg of the American Triple Crown when he faces 11 rivals in tonight's mile-and-a-furlong Preakness Stakes.

Heavy rain in the Baltimore area soaked the Pimlico track and Dutrow opted to jog the 3-year-old the wrong way around the course on Friday.

Big Brown will face one less rival following the withdrawal of Todd Pletcher's Behindatthebar. The Lexington Stakes winner has a bruised foot.

Glen Kozak, who replaced longtime track superintendent John Passero 3 1/2 years ago, said he and his staff won't do anything differently for the Preakness than for other races at Pimlico the past couple of weeks.

Kozak said the track has a crown to it to allow the water to drain from the outside rail to the inside rail. But Kozak acknowledges that whatever work done is at the mercy of the sport's most influential handicapper -- Mother Nature.

Here is the field:

PP    Horse                       Odds  Jockey                Comments
  1.   Macho Again             20-1     J. Leparoux        The rail horse has won just once since 1961
  2.   Tres Borrachos         30-1     T. Baze              
  3.   Icabad Crane           30-1     J. Rose                Just beat Mint Lane at Belmont
  4.   Yankee Bravo           15-1     A. Solis                Beat Cafe Tortoni in his most recent victory
  5.   Behindatthebar          Scratched
  6.   Racecar Rhapsody    30-1    R. Albarado 
  7.   Big Brown                 1-2      K. Desormeaux   
  8.   Kentucky Bear          15-1    J. Theriot              No horse has won the Preaknessw/3 starts.
  9.   Stevil                        30-1    J. Velazquez 
10.   Riley Tucker              30-1    E. Prado              Prado has yet to make it to the trifecta 
11.   Giant Moon               30-1   R. Dominguez       A shot at a top-three placing
12.   Gayego                     8-1     M. Smith 
13.   Hey Byrn                   20-1   C. Lopez              No outside shot this time.

Courtesy The Baltimore Sun and The Seattle Times