Ring Weekend will try to become the eighth gelding to win the Preakness, and the first since Funny Cide in 2003.
The middle jewel of the Triple Crown has not always welcomed geldings. Bowing to pressure from breeders interested only in developing mares and stallions, the Preakness banned geldings from 1920 through 1934.
Ring Weekend was gelded following a 2-year-old season in which he managed only a pair of thirds in three starts.
”He was quite a tricky horse to be around,” trainer Graham Motion said. ”We also felt he was showing more in morning training than he was in the afternoon. It gave us reason to think there was more there, and perhaps getting his mind more focused would help.”
In addition to the mental aspects, Ring Weekend also had an undescended testicle that might have physically hampered him.