Michael Iavarone (Ed Reinke/Associated Press)

It will be post seven for IEAH Stable and Paul Pompa Jr’s Big Brown (Boundary) in Saturday’s Gr1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The Gr1 Kentucky Derby hero, who bucked 79 years of history when he captured the Run for the Roses after breaking from post 20, gets a much more manageable post for the second leg of the Triple Crown, at least historically speaking. Thus far, 11 Preakness winners have left from stall seven.

Pimlico odds-maker Frank Carulli installed Big Brown as the heavy 1-2 favorite. At the Preakness draw, IEAH president Michael Iavarone confirmed that stud plans for the two-time Grade 1 winner would likely be announced today, and that Big Brown would definitely be retired after his three-year-old year.

1 Macho Again
2 Tres Borrachos
3 Icabad Crane
4 Yankee Bravo
5 Behindatthebar
6 Racecar Rhapsody
7 Big Brown
8 Kentucky Bear
9 Stevil
10 Riley Tucker
11 Giant Moon
12 Gayego
13 Hey Byrn

Up until yesterday, Big Brown has had some exceptionally poor luck drawing post positions. He drew post 12 for the March 29 Gr1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream, regarded by many as the kiss of death since no horse had won from there since the track was reconfigured a few years ago. He put his doubters to rest with a five-length tally that earned him favoritism for the May 5 Gr1 Kentucky Derby.

His post there? The right-next-to- the-hotdog-vendor post 20. IEAH President Michael Iavarone laughed yesterday at the Preakness draw when asked about landing a favourable spot in the starting gate Saturday. “ I don’t know, ” he said. “ He gets to save some ground for the first time. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. We’ll find out. ” Iavarone added that the IEAH team is still riding high after Big Brown’s Derby romp. “ For the first six days, we were still trying to figure out what happened, but for the last six days reality set in and it’s been incredible, being able to share this with our family and friends, ” he said.