The Field

May 19, 2001

POST/NUMBER : 1. Marciano Odds: 30-1


JOCKEY: Mark Johnston: Born in Kentucky, he has found a home in Columbia. Johnston was the nation's top apprentice in 1990, when he rode in his first and until now, only, Preakness. In 2000, he was Maryland's leading jockey with 292 victories, was 20th in the nation in earnings ($7,333,059.)

TRAINER: Timothy F. Ritchey: He says he was "riding horses before I was walking." From Pittsburgh, he has trained at old Waterford Park and Penn National. He is now based at Delaware Park in summer and Fair Hill (Md.) training center in winter.

OWNERS: Win Mor Stable Inc.: The stables are owned by David Malatesta and Harry Papaleo, of Wilmington, Del. Malatesta is in the vending machine business and Papaleo is an accountant.

BREEDING: Breeder: Stoney Lane Farm

Bloodlines: By Two Punch-Pardonable, by Magesterial

Foaled: May 4, 1998

Color: Gray / roan

RECORD: 2001: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 places, $158,060

2000: 6 starts, 3 wins, 1 place, $79,440

Total: 11 starts, 5 wins, 3 places, $237,500

Last start: 1st, Tesio Stakes

COMMENT: Like the other fresh horses in the race, he may not be up to the task. He's won two straight at Pimlico, including the Federico Tesio Stakes. But when he tackled Richly Blended and Mr. John in the Gotham, he finished fourth.

POST/ NUMBER : 2. Mr. John

Odds: 18-1


JOCKEY : Corey Nakatani: He finished eighth nationally in money won last year ($12,670,504) and has established himself as one of the leading riders on the Southern California circuit. He is still looking for his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

TRAINER : Elliott Walden: In 1998, his Victory Gallop deprived Real Quiet of becoming a Triple Crown winner. Walden had his best year in 1999, when his purse earnings totaled $7.7 million. He grew up the son of a horseman and now has his own stable in Kentucky.

OWNERS : Thomas F. Van Meter II: He is an owner, breeder and major consignor to thoroughbred sales in Kentucky, and is a partner in Eaton Sales.

BREEDING : Breeder: Lantern Hill Farm

Bloodlines: By Golden Gear- Come on Texas, by Apalachee

Foaled: April 8, 1998

Color: Bay

RECORD : 2001: 3 starts, 1 win, 1 place, $61,600

2000: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 show, $29,330

Total: 5 starts, 2 wins, 1 place, 1 show, $90,930

Last start: 2nd*, Lexington Stakes

COMMENT : This lightly raced colt may be the best of the newcomers, but the 1 3 / 16 miles may be beyond his range. He will probably press the early pace. His trainer said the horse deserves a chance, but even he isn't sure how well he fits.

POST/ NUMBER: 3. Griffinite

Odds: 40-1


JOCKEY : Shaun Bridgmohan: Won the 1998 Eclipse Award as the nation's top apprentice rider. Has finished among the Top 10 riders in New York each year since 1998. He won the General George Stakes at Laurel Park last winter, his first stakes victory in Maryland. This is his first Preakness.

TRAINER : Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen: Manages Ernie Paragallo's farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y. When Paragallo was looking for yet another trainer for this horse -- Pedersen is the third -- he called and she answered. She is the ninth woman to saddle a Preakness horse.

OWNERS: Paraneck Stable: Operated by Paragallo, an investment banker who lives in Lloyd Neck, N.Y. Paragallo started in the business in 1991 as a "pinhooker", someone who buys and then resells horses.

BREEDING : Breeder: Peter E. Blum

Bloodlines: By Unbridled's Song-Copious, by In Reality

Foaled: April 6, 1998

Color: Bay

RECORD : 2001: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 place, $143,115

2000: 6 starts, 2 wins, 1 show, $71,912

Total: 8 starts, 3 wins, 1 place, 1 show, $215,027

Last start: 3rd*, Lexington Stakes

COMMENT : Enough with the trainer being the ninth woman trainer in the Preakness. She's a trainer. That's it. Now, about the horse. When he's run against the Dollar Bills and the A P Valentines of the world he has come up short.

POST / NUMBER : 4. A P Valentine

Odds: 8-1


JOCKEY : Victor Espinoza: Riding in his second Preakness, Espinoza didn't ride in the Kentucky Derby. Espinoza is from Mexico and began riding professionally in 1993. A year ago, he rode Hugh Hefner in the Preakness and finished sixth. Last season, he ranked in the Top 10 nationally in earnings.

TRAINER : Nick Zito: He was the third most successful Triple Crown event trainer of the 1990s, winning the Kentucky Derby in 1991 (Strike the Gold) and 1994 (Go for Gin) and the Preakness in 1996 (Louis Quatorze). It is Zito's only Preakness win.

OWNER : Ol Memorial Stable and Michael Tabor: Ol Memorial, a partnership among University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, CEO of American Resources Rick Avare and Pitino's stockbroker Tom Healy, shares ownership with Tabor.

BREEDING : Breeder: William S. Kilroy

Bloodlines: By A.P. Indy-Twenty Eight Carat, by Alydar

Foaled: Feb. 14, 1998

Color: Bay

RECORD : 2001: 4 starts, 1 win, 1 show, $39,060

2000: 4 starts, 2 win, 1 show, $329,110

Total: 8 starts, 3 wins, 2 shows, $368,170

Last start: 7th, Kentucky Derby

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