The Kentucky Derby is still five days away and yet we already have a colt that will likely run in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 16 — Mr. Fantasy, who won Saturday’s $150,000 Grade III Withers Stakes at Aqueduct by 1 3/4 lengths under Richard Migliore.
After the race, Migliore reportedly told the New York bred colt’s connections that he’d be a logical candidate for the Preakness, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. This Ones for Phil was second, 7 1/4 lengths ahead of Gone Astray.
As usual, Mr. Fantasy broke badly at the start but had enough talent to overcome the adversity. The son of E Dubai, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, has won three of four lifetime. It was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first win against open company.
Watch for this guy in the coming weeks and months. He could be one of the nation’s top 3-year-olds come Travers Stakes time in August.