Preakness 2012 Contenders: Teeth of the Dog

Horse: Teeth of the Dog
Trainer: Michael Matz
Pedigree: By Bluegrass Cat out of a Deputy Minister mare (Deputy Reality)
Career Record: 4-1-1-2
Career Earnings: $136,400
Notable Races: G1-Wood Memorial (3rd)

Can He Win The Preakness?

Teeth of the Dog is the second of the two new shooters that look to have the biggest chance at making a significant impact at this year's Preakness. In his last start, he ran a good third to Gemologist and Alpha in the G1-Wood Memorial and stayed on well in the final furlong. Neither of those two horses came back to put up much of a performance in the Derby, but that shouldn't diminish the fact that Teeth of the Dog has improved with every start this year.

The Michael Matz trainee made his career debut at Gulfstream Park in early December and had a trouble filled trip from the rail and could only finish 3rd. He came back to miss his maiden score by three-quarters of a lengths at Gulfstream on January 7th, and finally broke through in his third try against non-winners on February 4th. From there, Teeth of the Dog jumped right into Grade 1 competition at Aqueduct and held his own at odds of 53/1 in the Wood.

in his maiden win, Teeth of the Dog broke well from the gate and led every step of the way through soft fractions. In the Wood, he employed a mid-pack racing style through a moderate pace. We should expect him to utilize a style similar to his Wood effort in Saturday's Preakness.

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