The Preakness would not be the same without a local hope and this year’s Maryland-bred entrant is Concealed Identity. He landed lucky post position thirteen and is listed at 30-1 on the morning line.
Concealed Identity is conditioned by longtime Maryland trainer Edmond Gaudet, and the octogenarian is saddling his first Preakness starter. The son of ’04 Preakness winner Smarty Jones has captured four of his eight lifetime starts and has really improved this spring.
The key to his recent success appears to be routing at Pimlico and he deserves a shot against the big boys especially in a wide open year like this. He is back in two weeks after winning the local Tesio Stakes and he beat a couple of decent horses that day.
It is obviously asking alot to step up and face grade one company in a race of this magnitude but a minor award is not totally out of the question for the improving sort.