a rainy Wednesday morning at Belmont Park, Stuart Janney III and Phipps
Stable’s Orb went to the racetrack for the first time since his
Kentucky Derby victory last Saturday, jogging a mile under exercise
rider Jenn Patterson in preparation for Preakness 2013 on May 18.
weather was terrible, so instead of galloping, he just jogged,” trainer
Shug McGaughey said. “It was a pretty miserable morning when he went
out. But Jenn said he was feeling good and moving good. All signs are
plans changed Wednesday due to the muddy track, McGaughey said Orb will
gallop Thursday morning, rain or shine, and is likely to breeze on
Monday before shipping to Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday.
adding a Kentucky Derby victory to his Hall of Fame resume, McGaughey
has been somewhat overwhelmed by the avalanche of congratulations and
tributes to his consummate horsemanship.
hugely appreciated. I appreciated the reception we got in Louisville.
What’s happened after the Derby is absolutely mind-boggling and very,
very flattering for me,” McGaughey said. “The phone calls, the emails,
the newspaper articles have just been absolutely wonderful. Nobody knows
how much how I appreciate this reception.”
McGaughey has long been respected for his low-key, no-nonsense approach to training thoroughbreds.
try to conduct myself in the right way and try to run my stable in the
best possible way. I try to surround myself with good people, who played
a role in this,” he said. “I think that people have appreciated that. I
had no idea that a horse race could bring that out.”
who arrived at Monmouth Park from Churchill Downs Wednesday morning,
will have a new rider for the Preakness. Hall of Fame jockey John
Velazquez will replace Elvis Trujillo aboard the Gulfstream Park Derby
and Holy Bull (G3) winner, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby.
had an opportunity to ride John Velazquez. No slight to Elvis Trujillo.
Elvis did a fantastic job, no question. The Derby was what the Derby
was. It was a racetrack that was unfavorable to our horse,” trainer
Eddie Plesa Jr. said. “But with John being open, we just felt that we
had to take advantage of having one of the very top riders in the
The son of Lawyer Ron had returned to the racetrack Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, where he jogged two miles.
Preakness-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas has firmed up the jockey
assignments for his three Preakness candidates. He reported Wednesday
morning that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will replace Jon Court
aboard Will Take Charge, while Julien Leparoux will have the mount
aboard Titletown Five and Gary Stevens will retain the mount on Oxbow.
47, has competed in the Preakness 14 times since 1984. He picked up his
lone win on Prairie Bayou in 1993 and has two seconds on his resume:
Mine That Bird in 2009 and Bodemeister in 2012. Leparoux has been
blanked with five Preakness mounts, including 2008 second-place finisher
Macho Again. Stevens has ridden two Preakness winners, Silver Charm
(1997) and Point Given (2001), from 16 mounts.
Five, who finished fourth in the Derby Trial (G3), walked the shedrow
at Churchill Downs Wednesday following his half-mile work of: 47 3/5 on
Tuesday. The son of Tiznow is owned in partnership by Lukas, Pro
Football Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Willie Davis, plus Ed Martin,
David Miller and Margaret Shade.
sent Calumet Farm’s Oxbow and Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge to the
track for the first time Wednesday since their respective sixth- and
eighth-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby.
was going to walk them another day, but I had them out on the lawn
yesterday about 3 and they were so disruptive, I was afraid they were
going to hurt themselves,” Lukas said. “I had to bring them out today.”
Oxbow and Will Take Charge both jogged twice around the Churchill track.
Doug O’Neill’s Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Goldencents walked the
shedrow at his barn at Pimlico for 30 minutes Wednesday morning. He will
return to the track at 8:30 Thursday morning for the first time since
finishing 17th in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday.
Goldencents shipped from Kentucky Monday and was the first Preakness candidate to arrive at Pimlico.
“He’s great. He’s settled in really well,” said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson. “We’re happy with him.”
other horses from O’Neill’s stable traveled overnight from Kentucky and
arrived at Pimlico at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Some of them will compete at
depends how they train over the track,” Sisterson said. “We expect to
run a few, but we’re going to make sure that they’re all 100 percent
before we make a decision. They all shipped in well.”
Kevin Krigger, who will be aboard Goldencents when he goes out to jog
Thursday, has a mount on Sunday’s program at Pimlico.
Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Mylute
returned to the track for the first time since the Run for the Roses
with an easy jog early Wednesday morning at Churchill.
was fine this morning,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He will gallop the
rest of the week and the partnership will get together Saturday after
training and make a decision on the Preakness.”
Pegram’s Governor Charlie came out of his work on Tuesday in fine shape
and remains a prospect for the Preakness, Hall of Fame trainer Bob
Baffert said Wednesday morning.
Midnight Lute colt completed six furlongs on 1:11 2/5 at Churchill
Downs. Following his routine, Baffert will fly in from California and
watch the colt breeze before making the call on whether to enter the
going to work Sunday or Monday and then I’ll decide,” Baffert said. “He
worked really well. He’s going to have to convince me when he works
Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing galloped 1 ½ miles on a fast
track early Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the
Illinois Derby (G3) winner is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday
depending on weather. Friday’s forecast in Louisville is for scattered
thunderstorms with a 50 percent chance of rain and Saturday’s outlook is
for a few showers and a 30 percent chance of rain.
Normandy Invasion, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, Vyjack, 18th in the Derby, and Street Spice remain candidates for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.