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Preakness Probable List Grows; Goldencents First To Arrive

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Goldencents will arrive at Pimlico Race Course on Monday night (approximately 11pm) to begin preparations for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, May 18. Trainer Doug O’Neill followed a similar course shipping to Baltimore two days after the Kentucky Derby last year with dual classic winner I’ll Have Another. 

Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson informed the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) Sunday afternoon that the son of Into Mischief, who finished a disappointing 17th in yesterday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) as the third betting choice, and 3-year-old filly Birdlover will fly to New York Monday afternoon and then van down to Pimlico.

On Sunday representatives from the MJC were busy at Churchill Downs trying to recruit Derby runners for the second leg of the Triple Crown. In addition to Goldencents, the Preakness Probable List include…

Orb (1st in Kentucky Derby)

Normandy Invasion (4th in Kentucky Derby) - will decide over weekend


Mylute (5th in Kentucky Derby) - decision after speaking with owners Tuesday

Oxbow (6th in Kentucky Derby)

Will Take Charge (8th in Kentucky Derby)

Itsmyluckyday (15th in Kentucky Derby)

Vyjack (18th in Kentucky Derby)


Departing (1st in Illnois Derby)

Governor Charlie (1st in Sunland Derby)

Titletown Five (4th in Derby Trial)

Street Spice (5th in Illinois Derby)

UPDATE 05-07-2013, 3:17pm EDT - per MaStreet Spice ryland Jockey Club press release, Street Spice, fifth-place fiinisher in the IL Derby is under consideration for the Preakness. Trainer Greg Geier said Tuesday that he will maek a decision on whether to try the Preakness after the colt works this workend. 

UPDATE 05-07-2013, 8:12am EDT - per Mike Gathagan, VP of Communications, Maryland Jockey Club, "McPeek's horse (Bellarmine) is out ... Lukas now planning on running a 3rd starter in Preakness, Titletown Five.  


UPDATE 05-06-2013, 12:57pm EDT - per David Grening (DRF) Chad Brown on Normandy Invasion: "I said I wouldn’t run in the Preakness but I’m going to back off of that & really observe the horse and let him tell me." 


UPDATE 05-06-2013, 12:48pm EDT - per Mike Gathagan, VP of Communications, Maryland Jockey Club, "Preakness Stakes contender list... Vyjack added while Fear the Kitten off. 


UPDATE 05-06-2013, 8:16am EDT - Word from Mike Gathagan, VP of Communications, Maryland Jockey Club has confirmed that Mr. Palmer is not in training for the Preakness Stakes and that Graham Motion indicated Heat Press' status for the second jewel of the Triple Crown is "unlikely".


Stay tuned as this list changes daily if not hourly!







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Let the Preakness excitement begin ... I love it!
  • Tessaglia · Goldenscents hated the muck, glad to see him in and see where his speed takes him...Hope mcpeek sends Java's War...he deserves another shot... · 630 days ago
Mark this page for YOUR Preakness Updates!! Man About Town GQ has it covered
It could be a repeat of the Florida Derby w/Goldenscents in the mix......The others will be part of the exotics
Because he is playing to his horses strengths rather than just shoving them into a race to be respresented. Pletchers best bet is the Belmont, and he knows that.
The guy w/the most 3 year olds doesn't have an entry.
ORB should handle whatever field lines up against him.
9.5 furlongs is too much for most of those horses! ORB.
It will be a whole different race if the track comes up dry and the pace setters are in good form. Orb will have his work cut out for him BC some late chargers will have more room to go with him, eg Will Take Charge etc.
Add Vyjack to the list of probables>>Mylute decision tomorrow.
hopefully he will show how great goldenscents really is after that sloppy screw up in the derby. Love the Preakness!
hmmm signed in properly...anyway, love HRN
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