Anita Derby winner Goldencents settled in at Pimlico Race Course
Tuesday after arriving in the middle of the night from Churchill Downs
in Louisville, Ky.
2012, trainer Doug O’Neill sent Derby winner I’ll Have Another to
Baltimore two days after the race, and the colt won the Preakness.
Goldencents didn’t run well in the Derby Saturday, finishing 17th on the
sloppy, sealed track, but O’Neill decided to follow the plan that
worked so well last year and shipped the colt to Pimlico early to
prepare for Preakness 2013.
Jockey Club officials approved O’Neill’s request to have his Derby
horse and 10 other runners occupy Barn D, the same place I’ll Have
Another stayed in 2012.
horse is doing fantastic,” said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson. “He
ate up everything last night. We just walked him this morning and his
energy level is high. He’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and we’re happy
to see that in him.”
Goldencents flew from Louisville to New York on Monday afternoon and was sent by van to Baltimore. He arrived at 1:30 a.m.
“That was a little later than expected,” Sisterson said. “We got him bedded down straightaway and he got a good night’s rest.”
The horse walked the shedrow at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
was out for about 25 minutes to get familiar with the surroundings,”
Sisterson said. “His ears were pricked and he was happy.”
is expected to return to the track for a jog on Thursday, resume
galloping on Friday and have a timed workout Monday morning.
Sisterson said the O’Neill operation was comfortable at Pimlico.
“We love it here,” he said. “We’ve got great memories so we don’t plan to change that.”
Kevin Krigger is a member of Team O’Neill at Pimlico. The 29-year-old
native of St. Croix, has ridden Goldencents in all seven of his starts
and will be aboard in the Preakness. He will be the first
African-American rider to compete in the Preakness since Wayne Barnett
accepted an invitation to remain with the colt between the first two
legs of the Triple Crown. He will exercise Goldencents and other
O’Neill-trained runners in Maryland and ride them in the races at
horse is our bread and our butter, our best horse,” Krigger said. “The
day I was leaving to go back to California on Monday, my agent phoned me
and said ‘Doug would like you to stay and get on the horse.’ This is
something I’ve always wanted to do, gallop him every day. It wasn’t a
hard decision for me to make.”
said he understands that he could lose some business with trainers who
regularly give him mounts in California and is willing to make that
we get it done, I don’t see where that should be a negative impact,”
Krigger said. “I’m going to give him my best to get it done. If we get
it done, just me staying here and winning it should erase the fact that I
has ridden in a number of states during his career and laughed as he
recalled how he failed to get an agent when he looking into riding on
the Maryland circuit a few years ago.
tried coming here when I went to Golden Gate Fields,” Krigger said. “I
contacted a few agents and they said, ‘Nah, don’t worry about it.” So I
of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed Tuesday that Titletown Five
will be entered for the Preakness, giving him three starters for the
second time in his career. Kentucky Derby runners Oxbow (6th) and Will
Take Charge (8th) are also scheduled to compete in the Middle Jewel of
the Triple Crown.
decided to add Titletown Five to the roster of Preakness candidates
after the Tiznow colt worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 Tuesday morning at
Churchill Downs. It was the fifth fastest of 35 recorded at the
distance. Titletown Five has a record of 1-2-1 from seven starts. In his
most recent outing, he was fourth in the Derby Trial (G3).
had flirted with the idea of going into the Kentucky Derby and late
additions bumped us from that,” Lukas said. “He has been doing so well
lately and today just highlighted that. It was a brilliant work and a
great gallop out. I just thought that it was a good spot maybe to try
him. He’s an exceptional horse He’s very talented with good tactical
speed. He’ll make some noise there.”
Lukas saddled Editor’s Note (3rd), Victory Speech (5th) and Prince of Thieves (7th)
for the 1996 Preakness. If all three go to the post on May 18, it will
extend his Preakness record to 40 competitors, including winners Codex
(1980), Tank’s Prospect (1985), Tabasco Cat (1994), Timber Country
(1995) and Charismatic (1999).
feel comfortable starting this horse,” he said. “I own a piece of him
with Paul Hornung and Willie Davis, the all-pro players. They’re excited
about him and so am I.”
Lukas said he was securing a rider for Titletown Five.
Itsmyluckyday, who finished 15th
in the Kentucky Derby, was confirmed Tuesday morning as a likely
starter in the Preakness. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. expressed confidence
that the sloppy track at Churchill Downs was the reason for his
Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) winner’s subpar showing.
a horse to train that well and run that poorly and come out of the race
so well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out,” he said.
Itsmyluckyday has shown his connections nothing but positive signals since the Derby.
going 100 percent,” Plesa said.” He went to the track today, and my
assistant trainer (Frankie Perez) and exercise rider (Peter Shelton)
gave him a 10-plus on a scale from 1-10.”
The son of Lawyer Ron jogged two miles at Churchill Downs.
a good thing we went around twice and not once because I might not have
gotten him back to the barn, because he was feeling so good,” Shelton
was scheduled to leave Churchill Downs at 4 p.m. and is expected to
arrive at Monmouth Park at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday. Plesa said
his colt would likely arrive at Pimlico on Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile at Belmont Park, trainer Shug McGaughey was pleased with what he saw in Kentucky Derby winner Orb Tuesday morning.
walked him under tack. Right now we’re in good shape,” McGaughey said.
“He looks the picture, looks bright, happy with himself.”
McGaughey said Orb would return to the racetrack Wednesday morning.
Bob Baffert-trained Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs at Churchill
Downs Tuesday morning. Working in company with Fed Biz, Govenor Charlie
was clocked in 1:11 2/5 after posting fractions of :12, :23 4/5, :35 2/5
and :58 3/5 under Ricardo Santana Jr. Stakes winner Fed Biz, who was
ridden by Rosie Napravnik, was also clocked in 1:11 2/5.
at Churchill, Illinois Derby (G3) winner Departing galloped 1 ½ miles
Tuesday morning and is scheduled to tune up for the Preakness with a
breeze on Saturday or Sunday. Mylute, fifth-place finisher in the Derby,
walked the shedrow and could return to the racetrack on Wednesday
Chad Brown-trained Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place Derby finisher, and Rudy Rodriguez-trained Vyjack, who finished 18th in the Derby, remain Preakness possibles.
Spice, the fifth-place finisher in the Illinois Derby (G3), is under
consideration for a run in the Preakness. Trainer Greg Geier said
Tuesday that he will make the decision on whether to try the Preakness
after he works the Street Sense colt this weekend.
Kentucky-bred has a 2-0-1 record in six starts, all at Chicago-area
tracks. At odds of 44-1, he finished 5 ½ lengths behind Preakness-bound
Departing in the Illinois Derby on April 20 at Hawthorne.
had a lot of trouble in the Illinois Derby and got bumped around three
or four times,” Geier said. “He was about eight-wide all the way around
an allowance winner on the Kentucky Derby undercard, has been withdrawn
from Preakness consideration by trainer Ken McPeek.