Maryland-bred Coffeewithchris joins Preakness field

The gelding is looking to be the first Maryland-bred winner of the Preakness Stakes since Deputed Testamony in 1983.

Published 5/13/2023 5:11 p.m. EDT, Updated 5/15/2023 4:56 p.m. EDT

Coffeewithchris wins the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in February 2023.

The racing gods giveth, and the racing gods taketh away. Saturday brought one new shooter to the Preakness while knocking out a Derby runner.

The connections of Coffeewithchris alerted the Pimlico Race Course racing officials Saturday morning that the Maryland-bred son of Ride on Curlin is being pointed toward a start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes.

The Maryland-based multiple-stakes winner had been entered for Saturday’s Long Branch at Monmouth but was scratched in favor of a run in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. John Salzman Sr., Fred Wasserloos, and Anthony Geruso’s Coffeewithchris most recently finished fifth in the Federico Tesio, a win-and-in Preakness prep at Laurel Park.

Also Saturday, trainer Keith Desormeaux said that Oaklawn Park’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes winner Confidence Game will not make the Preakness. Confidence Game finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby.

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The article excerpt of this story has been updated to reflect Coffeewithchris is a gelding.