Recovering Ny Traffic possible for Preakness

Recovering Ny Traffic possible for Preakness
Photo: Ryan Thompson

Ny Traffic exited his eighth-place finish in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) with a cut in his left front ankle, but trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has not ruled out the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes (G1) as a possible next start for the son of Cross Traffic.

“We got a couple cuts. He has a staple in his ankle from a cut he got. It looks like he should be OK. Within 7 to 10 days we’ll decide,” Joseph said. “The main thing is the staple and when it gets taken out, how it’s going to be.”

Ny Traffic also lost right front shoe in the Derby, in which he showed early speed to chase pacesetter and eventual winner Authentic while racing five wide before tiring.

“Would I say he ran his best race? No,” Joseph said. “I don’t know when he lost his shoe. When you’re at that level, you need to have everything go right. He wasn’t the best horse in the race to begin with, so he can’t afford to give away advantages.”

Ny Traffic, who came within a nose of defeating victorious Authentic in the July 18 Haskell (G1) at Monmouth, won his first start for Joseph in a Jan. 11 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park. The New York-bred colt earned his way to the Kentucky Derby with a third-place finish in the Risen Star (G2) and runner-up finish in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds before falling just short of catching Authentic in the Haskell.

Tonalist’s Shape, a disappointing fifth as the favorite in the Charles Town Oaks (G3) last time out, is being considered for the Black-Eyed Susan (G2), which will be run on the Preakness undercard this year.

“She’s back in Florida now. We haven’t decided what to do with her yet,” Joseph said. “It’s possible she could run there.” Ny Traffic is a consensus 20-1 in foreign futures to win the Preakness.

2020 Preakness Stakes (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Tiz the Law
Constitution
8.03
B. Tagg
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Unlikely
 Art Collector
Bernardini
7.42
T. Drury
1st, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) 
Probable
 Authentic
Into Mischief
7.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Probable
 King Guillermo
Uncle Mo
6.70
J. Avila
2nd, 2020 Arkansas Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Ny Traffic
Cross Traffic
6.53
S. Joseph, Jr.
8th, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Dr Post
Quality Road
6.49
T. Pletcher
4th, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Mr. Big News
Giant's Causeway
6.36
W. Calhoun
3rd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) 
Possible
 Thousand Words
Pioneerof the Nile
6.05
B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) 
Probable
 Mystic Guide
Ghostzapper
6.03
M. Stidham
1st, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Pneumatic
Uncle Mo
5.92
S. Asmussen
1st, 2020 Pegasus (LS) 
Probable
 Lebda
Raison d'Etat
5.91
C. Gonzalez
3rd, 2020 Robert Hilton Memorial (LS)
Goal
 Shirl's Speight
Speightstown
5.84
R. Attfield
1st, 2020 Marine (G3) 
Goal
 Mongolian Wind
Mucho Macho Man
4.79
W. Eno
1st, 2020 Manitoba Derby (LS)
Goal
 Liveyourbeastlife
Ghostzapper
4.45
J. Abreu
2nd, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) 
Possible
 Happy Saver
Super Saver
4.19
T. Pletcher
1st, 2020 Federico Tesio (LS)
Possible

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