2012 Preakness Contenders: Pretension

Horse: Pretension
Trainer: Christopher Grove
Pedigree: By Bluegrass Cat out of a Street Cry (IRE) mare (Main Streetin')
Career Record: 8-3-3-0
Career Earnings: $128,620
Notable Races: G3-Borderland Derby (9th); G3-Gotham (5th)

Can He Win The Preakness?

Pretension won a minor stakes race at Pimlico in his last start, along with a stakes race for New York-breds at Aqueduct in early February. His only two attempts against graded stakes competition was an unmitigated disaster in the Borderland Derby and a non-threatening trip in the Gotham. There is a big difference between running and winning a minor stakes race and competing against the best horses in your age group on a national stage. Like any longshot, Pretension needs major improvement in order to have any chance at a victory in the Preakness.

Pretension has a little bit of speed at his disposal and generally sits right off of the pace in the first quarter to half mile of a race. He'll likely be fighting for position with I'll Have Another, Creative Cause, and Paynter in the early stages on Saturday.

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