Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb pleased trainer Shug McGaughey
during his morning visit to the sloppy track at Belmont Park Thursday.
The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner also gave exercise rider Jenn Patterson
all the right signs in his preparation for Preakness 2013 at Pimlico on May 18.
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club
jogged three-eighths to a half-mile and galloped a mile. I thought
everything was good,” said McGaughey, whose colt had jogged a mile on a
sloppy track Wednesday in his first visit to the track since his 2
½-length victory at Churchill Downs last Saturday. “The track was still
sloppy. Jenn said he was kind of bucking and playing and jumping the
water puddles on the backstretch. I was pleased with what I saw. His
energy level is right where you’d want it to be on Thursday after
McGaughey outlined the challenge he faces while preparing Orb for a return to the races in just two weeks.
first thing we’ve got to do and what we’ve been doing is getting him
over his last race – try to get him back on his feet the best we can,
get him fresh and happy again,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “Next
week, we’ll get him ready to run again and that’ll hopefully be through
the breeze on Monday. We just want to put him back in the game. We don’t
need anything fast, just something that puts his mind back on what he’s
doing. Then, we’ll get him to Pimlico and get him acclimated. There’s
not much else we can do.”
who said it was likely that Orb would ship to Pimlico on Monday
following his breeze that morning, expressed confidence that his Derby
winner was up to the challenge of running back in two weeks.
in and day out, with your better horses, you don’t want to run them
back in two weeks, because they give you a lot when they run. You’ve got
to train them a little bit to get them to run again,” McGaughey said.
“There’s no compromise here. You’ve got to do it. You’ve just got to
hope you haven’t drained your horse over the winter with prep races and
his training, so he can bounce out of a big race like he had on Derby
Day. But I think we’ll be fine.”
the only Preakness candidate on the Pimlico grounds thus far, is also
set for the two-week turnaround following his 17th-place
finish in the Kentucky Derby. The son of Into Mischief returned to the
track for the first time since the Derby Thursday morning when he jogged
once around the Pimlico oval under jockey Kevin Krigger.
Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner was shipped from Kentucky Monday
afternoon and arrived at Pimlico early Tuesday morning. The Doug
O’Neill-trained colt walked the shedrow Tuesday and Wednesday morning
and was given his first bit of exercise for the Preakness by Krigger at
8:30 a.m. Thursday.
trainer Jack Sisterson said that Goldencents will jog and gallop Friday
morning and will have a timed workout on Monday.
this morning was just to have him stretch his legs, get warmed up for
tomorrow,” Krigger said. “It was more to feel how good he felt and he
felt perfect today. Everything was good. He was smooth, graceful on the
track, and relaxed. That’s all the factors you’re looking for.”
sent 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to Pimlico the Monday
after the race to prepare for the Preakness, which the colt won. Though
Goldencents did not match I’ll Have Another’s result in the Derby,
finishing 17th after contesting the early pace, O’Neill is using a
similar program to get him to the Preakness.
“It was successful last year, so why change it?” Sisterson said.
Goldencents, a three-time stakes winner, got his first look at the Pimlico track during the easy jog.
is one of the first steps training-wise leading up to the Preakness,”
Sisterson said. “We just jogged him and we were very happy. There was no
sign of stiffness or tightness. His energy level was high. He’s a very
has ridden Goldencents in all seven of his career starts and said the
Derby, run on a sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs, was an
key to him is to have him run his race,” Krigger said. “If you look at
the Kentucky Derby, at least to me, that wasn’t the race we expected to
see out of him at all. We had a lot of factors in the race that could
have been the reason. We’re here trying to regroup, gather him back up
and get back on the winning trail.”
and other members of the O’Neill staff have been enjoying their second
visit to Baltimore for the Preakness. The Maryland Jockey Club arranged
for them to attend a Baltimore Orioles game against the Kansas City
Royals Thursday night.
“We said last year that we’d love to get back,” Sisterson said. “We didn’t expect it to be the year after.”
of Thursday, as many as eight Derby starters could make the same quick
turnaround at Pimlico. The Al Stall Jr.-trained Departing, who captured
the Illinois Derby (G3) at Hawthorne in his last start, will have the
luxury of four weeks between starts.
Brian Hernandez Jr., who is looking forward to his first Preakness
appearance, recalled his first ride aboard Departing at Fair Grounds
last December. Seven weeks after capping off his 27th
birthday with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Fort
Larned, Hernandez was on a roll at Fair Grounds with four victories from
had just won on Bind and Al was bragging on this first-time starter in
the next race,” Hernandez said. “That was Departing. I had never been on
him and he ran huge. He was my fifth winner and the most impressive.”
forward nearly five months later and Departing, owned by Claiborne Farm
and Adele Dilschneider, has emerged as one of the top contenders to
Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Preakness.
has been aboard Departing for all five of his starts, all victories
save for a third-place finish in the Louisiana Derby (G2).
the Louisiana Derby, the Kentucky Derby was ruled out and Departing was
pointed to the Illinois Derby (G3), a race he won by 3 ¼ lengths
despite breaking from the No. 13 post position.
the Louisiana Derby, they made the plan to go to the Illinois Derby and
then the Preakness,” Hernandez said. “I can’t be disappointed in
missing the Derby. We have a chance to upset Orb and the Preakness is
not a bad race to run in.”
this meet was over, I used to ride at Delaware Park and I have ridden
some at Laurel but never at Pimlico,” Hernandez said. “I am going to go
over a day early and ride a horse for Al (Tread in the Miss Preakness
continued his Preakness preparations Thursday morning at Churchill
Downs, galloping two miles over a fast track under Trina Pasckvale.
changed it up a little bit this morning, but we had the luxury to do
that,” Stall said of a break in the regular routine of galloping 1 ½
a 60-percent chance of rain in the forecast for Friday, Stall said he
plans to give Departing his final work for the Preakness at Churchill on
Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute jogged in the mile chute and then
galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs for trainer Tom Amoss.
said a decision on the fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher’s status for
the Preakness would be made after training Saturday. If Mylute is a go
for Baltimore, he would represent a second Preakness starter for Amoss,
who saddled Hot Wells for a fourth-place finish behind Real Quiet in
D. Wayne Lukas sent all three of his Preakness candidates to the track
at Churchill Thursday morning. Oxbow and Will Take Charge, the sixth-
and eighth-place Derby finishers, respectively, galloped 1 ½ miles.
Titletown Five jogged twice around the track.
Bob Baffert-trained Govenor Charlie also jogged at Churchill.
the morning after his arrival at Monmouth Park from Churchill Downs,
Itsmyluckyday went to the track for a two-mile jog Thursday morning.
was kind of a nasty morning and since we just arrived yesterday from
Churchill we just jogged him,” said Frankie Perez, assistant to trainer
Eddie Plesa Jr., who was enroute from South Florida to New Jersey. ”From
a scale from one to 10, he was a 10.”
The Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) winner, who finished a disappointing 15th in the Kentucky Derby, will be ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the Preakness.
Invasion jogged in the rain at Belmont Park for a second day Thursday.
Trainer Chad Brown said that the fourth-place finisher in the Derby is
50-50 for the Preakness. He expects to make a decision over the weekend
after he has had a chance to watch the Tapit colt gallop.
remains a candidate for the Preakness, but trainer Rudy Rodriguez said
Thursday that no decision has been made on whether Pick Six Racing’s
gelding will be entered. Due to the wet weather in New York this week,
Rodriguez has not been able to do very much with the gelding since he
returned from Kentucky after finishing 18th in the Derby.
“We’ve been babying him,” Rodriguez said. “I would like to gallop him and see what’s going on.”
said that after he has the opportunity to watch Vyjack gallop a couple
days, he will talk about the Preakness with owner David
just going to wait and make my decision and then tell the owner what is
going on,” he said. “So far, everything is good. I have to talk with
the owner first and see what he wants to do.”
Greg Geier said Thursday that he will make a decision on running James
Tafel’s Street Spice in the Preakness after he breezes the colt Saturday
morning in Chicago. Tafel bred and owned 2007 Kentucky Derby winner
Street Sense, who is the sire of Street Spice. Geier trains eight horses