For LeBlanc, it's on to the Preakness
Berwick’s Janice LeBlanc was still on cloud nine when she returned home Monday after Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby.
Now her sights are set on the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on May 20.
“I will start making my plans for Baltimore tonight,” LeBlanc said. “This is thrilling, and I’m going wherever he takes us.”
LeBlanc owns a minority interest in Always Dreaming through West Point Thoroughbreds. WPT develops and manages horse racing partnerships across the United States.
“There are many owners of this horse,” LeBlanc said. “I use to joke that I owned the nose, but on this horse, I don’t think I can afford that. I think he’s worth around six million now.”
Always Dreaming held off a late charge from Lookin at Lee, Battle of Midway and Classic Empire to claim the roses on Saturday by 2¾ lengths. The dark brown colt has now won three consecutive races this year after finishing second and third in his first two races.
“It was a magical and emotional moment. I was jumping up and down,” LeBlanc said.
Always Dreaming is also the first horse since 1933 to win the Kentucky Derby without winning a race before Jan. 25.
The 2017 Preakness field is setting up favorably for Always Dreaming, as it usually does for the Derby winner, according to the Sporting News. Only a handful of Derby contenders will take another shot at the colt in two weeks, making Always Dreaming the early betting favorite.
LeBlanc is no novice when it comes to thoroughbreds.
“I have seven horses in my stable, all through West Point. My horses are Cullen Road, Believe Land, Refractive, Saints Girl and Moonlightnmidnight, who came in third in the Florida Derby.”
The Preakness is the second leg of the Triple Crown, which includes the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes on June 10. If Always Dreaming can also win the Preakness, he’ll likely be the favorite at Belmont and a good bet to become the 13th Triple Crown winner, and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.