2012 Preakness Contenders: Liaison

Horse: Liaison
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Pedigree: By Indian Charlie out of a Victory Gallop mare (Galloping Gal)
Career Record: 8-3-0-1
Career Earnings: $487,560
Notable Races: G1-Kentucky Derby (6th); G1-CashCall Futurity (1st); G2-San Felipe (4th); G1-Santa Anita Derby (6th)

Can He Win The Preakness?

After a promising start to his career in 2011, Liaison has suffered nothing but defeats during 2012. He clipped heels and tossed the jockey in his first race of the year, the G2-Lewis. And then he proceeded to finish behind I'll Have Another, Creative Cause and Bodemeister in his next three races. All of those colts have continued to develop this spring while Liaison's best form appears to be behind him.

If Liaison is to have any chance at victory in the Preakness, he's going to have to get out of the gate much cleaner than he has in his recent starts. His best races occur when he's able to sit a length or two off of the pace, as opposed to being shuffled towards the middle of the pack.

It's tough to see Liaison as a likely winner in the Preakness but he might be able to sneak into the top four if he's able to get a clean trip around the track.

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