Concealed Identity, winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes on May 7 at Pimlico, is “80-20” to run in Saturday’s Preakness, said Linda Gaudet, who co-owns the horse with Morris Bailey.
With Ruler On Ice passing on the Preakness this morning, Concealed Identity moved into the prospective Preakness field, which is limited to 14 horses. Based at Bowie Training Center, Concealed Identity is the son of 2004 Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.
“We’re very realistic. We’re shooting for the stars, but other than the horses from the Derby – the 1-2-3-4 finishers that are coming – we’re on the same page with the other horses,” said Gaudet, the wife of trainer Eddie Gaudet. “The horse has run very well at Pimlico and has done everything we’ve asked.”
Concealed Identity, who won the Maryland Juvenile Championship last year, was winless in three starts this year before being sent around two turns at Pimlico on April 15, when he won an entry-level allowance by more than three lengths. The Maryland-bred gelding came right back on May 7 to score a two-length victory over favored Ruler On Ice in the Tesio.
“We don’t have to ship. The horse has run well at Pimlico, so that’s always been an advantage,” Gaudet said in a Maryland Jockey Club news release. “Eddie hasn’t had a horse in the Preakness before and they don’t come along very often. Is he a superstar? Probably not, but he’s a nice little horse.
"It’s an opportunity we might take advantage of. It’s home; it’s close; he’s good; we’re all a little excited.”
Sheldon Russell will retain the mount, Linda Gaudet said.
Photo of Concealed Identity by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club