BALTIMORE (AP) - Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hopes Collected will deliver more than an opening act in the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico.
Baffert and his charismatic colt American Pharoah won the Preakness on their way to a sweep of the Triple Crown last year.
But Baffert is short on horsepower for the current 3-year-old classics. Mor Spirit, Baffert's Derby horse, was a not-ready-for-prime-time runner that finished 10th.
Baffert now goes to the bench with Collected, the winner of two stake races in his last two outings.
The colt faces the top of the division for the first time.
He's in a field led by Nyquist, the Derby winner with an 8-0 record, and Exaggerator, the Santa Anita Derby winner.