Workers paint the Preakness logo on the infield grass at Pimlico Racecourse.

Workers paint the Preakness logo on the infield grass at Pimlico Racecourse.

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Funny Cide Connections Will Draw Last for Preakness Post Position

When a draw was conducted Wednesday morning to determine the order in which post positions will be selected for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the luck of the draw did not favor the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

The actual post position draw will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT) later today and will be televised on the ESPN network.

The Funny Cide camp will have the final draw in the 10-horse field, ostensibly meaning the Derby winner will likely start from the outside post position. Under the two-tiered draw format, the connections with the first draw will have 60 seconds to declare a post position, with the procedure continuing until all 10 posts have been filled. The order in which the post position draw will take place is:

Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1-Ten Cents a Shine, D. Wayne Lukas, Pat Valenzuela
2-Kissin Saint, Lisa Lewis, Jorge Chavez
3-Senor Swinger, Bob Baffert, Pat Day
4-Foufa's Warrior, Lawrence Murray, Ramon Dominguez
5-Midway Road, Neil Howard, Robby Albarado
6-Cherokee's Boy, Gary Capuano, Ryan Fogelsonger
7-Scrimshaw, D. Wayne Lukas, Gary Stevens
8-Peace Rules, Bobby Frankel, Edgar Prado
9-New York Hero, Jennifer Pederson, J. J. Castellano,
10-Funny Cide, Barclay Tagg, Jose Santos

"Well that's the way it is," said Jackson Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stables that races Funny Cide. "It's not like being in the 13th post at Gulfstream Park in the Holy Bull (in which Funny Cide ran fifth). He broke from post 12 at Belmont when he broke his maiden, so he can win from the outside. He has tactical speed and should have enough speed, even from post 10, to get a decent position. It is obviously something we didn't want, but we were fortunate to have the second pick in the Derby and I would rather have the last pick in the Preakness than in the Derby. We'll go do our own thing. It will make for a lot of interesting stories between now and then.

The importance of post position was emphasized by trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will have the has first and seventh selections for his two Preakness starters. "You don't want the outside at Pimlico," the Hall of Famer said. "The post is more important here than in the Derby because this track is pear shaped and the last eighth of a mile is uphill. Because post is so important here we might use the whole 60 seconds this time."

Lukas cited his experience last year, when Proud Citizen started from post 12 in the 13-horse field and eventually finished third. "The only time the post ever burned us was last year when I had choice of inside or outside. I don't know if I would do that again."

Owner Ken Ramsey, who will get first pick with Lukas-trained Ten Cents a Shine, said of the draw: "We're off in the right direction."