Similar to the Derby Profile articles we wrote leading up to the Kentucky Derby, we'll have Preakness Profiles in like manner. In this edition, we'll look at the D. Wayne Lukas trainee RAM, who is owned by William L Mack and Robert C. Baker, and who will be seeking an upset score in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (G1) in Baltimore, Maryland.
RAM was a $375K purchased son of AMERICAN PHAROAH out of MINER'S SECRET by MINESHAFT. He's got 2 wins and 1 second out of 9 total starts, with earnings of $119,615. Irad Ortiz Jr. was in the irons for the victory last time out, so he could possibly get the mount once more.
RAM has strung together two consecutive wins, exiting his most recent win with his highest speed figure to date. On paper, RAM still has to improve significantly on figures to be competitive here. But if there's any trainer who could have a long-shot ready to spring the upset, it's six-time Preakness Stakes winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
RAM will be taking a giant leap in class. He comes in off of an Allowance race score on Kentucky Derby day. Prior to that, he won a Maiden Claiming race at Oaklawn Park. He raised his top speed figure twice in his last two starts.
One of RAM's more impressive performances was back in September 2020, where he ran against the talented KING FURY, only to be beaten by a nose. RAM had odds of $26.80 to win that day.
As far as distance is concerned, RAM should have no issue with the one mile and three-sixteenth distance. His sire AMERICAN PHAROAH won the Preakness Stakes emphatically, drawing off to win by open lengths. RAM's damsire, MINESHAFT, was a multiple G1 winner at ten furlongs, and has at least produced EFFINEX, a multiple G2 winning offspring at ten furlongs, and G1 placed at ten furlongs.
Did you know RAM is the only Preakness Stakes entrant who has raced against older horses? It is true and RAM has actually done this twice, winning on both occasions. Perhaps this toughened him up for his run against the top three-year-olds of his crop.
As of now, RAM has not posted a recent workout since his last race on May 1st, 2021. We shall see how the Hall of Fame trainer decides to prep his ridgling over the next few days leading up to the second jewel.