Next up for Preakness third-place finisher Mage is time off as he soon will head to The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky.
“He was there from May of last year to October,” co-owner Ramiro Restrepo said after checking on Mage at the Pimlico stakes barn Sunday morning. “We will get him turned out and do some training. Everything is great. The colt is fantastic, bright-eyed and his head is up. We could not be any happier with him after trying as hard as did in the Preakness. The kid is an iron horse.”
Other owners are OGMA Investments, Sterling Racing and CMNWLTH.
Restrepo was not sure when Mage would ship to Lexington. That decision will come after he huddles with trainer Gustavo Delgado and his son and assistant, Gustavo Delgado Jr.
The next goal for Mage, who won the Kentucky Derby in his fourth career start, will be the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 26.
“We will give him a little vacation and he will power up and we will figure out the best way to get to the Travers,” Restrepo said. “He has not missed a day and has been on the engine since January.”
Mage, who was ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, fell victim to a slow pace in the Preakness, which was crafted by another Hall of Famer, John Velazquez, aboard winner National Treasure.
The third-place finish ended Mage’s bid to become the sport’s 14th Triple Crown winner.
“I am old enough to remember Unbridled,” Restrepo said. “And I am old enough to remember Ferdinand and Alysheba and Street Sense. They were all amazing Derby winners who ran nice races in the Preakness but didn’t win. They went on to have great careers after that. Are you kidding me? We won the Derby, and we were third in the Preakness. If you would have told me that was possible a year ago, I would have given you my right hand.”