Preakness 2018 news: Decision soon for Good Magic; Diamond King in

Trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning that Derby runner-up Good Magic remains a candidate for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Brown said he expects to make his decision whether to run the son of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin in the Middle Jewel by Monday. 

“I’m on the fence,” said Brown, who trains Good Magic for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables. “It’s still under consideration.”

Good Magic, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male, finished 2 ½ lengths behind Justify over the sloppy track at Churchill Downs. He was shipped to Brown’s base at Belmont Park
 on Monday.


“He’s fine,” Brown said. “He’s back on the track. He jogged sound this morning.”

Diamond King Confirmed for Preakness Run

Trainer John Servis
 Thursday confirmed Cash is King, D.J. Stable and LC Racing’s stakes winner Diamond King will make his next start in the Preakness.

Diamond King earned automatic entry into the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by virtue of his victory in the Federico Tesio Stakes April 21 at Laurel Park but had been entered in the Peter Pan (G3)
 Saturday at Belmont Park.

After consulting with the ownership, led by Cash is King’s Chuck Zacney, the decision was made to point to the Preakness, a race the Parx-based Servis won with his only previous starter – 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Smarty Jones.

“It looks like we’re heading to the Preakness,” Servis said. “It’s always exciting to be able to come back and be a part of it. He didn’t get a chance to run in the Derby because he didn’t have the points, but the winner was very impressive. I’m excited about it.”

Servis plans to give Diamond King, a bay son of Grade 1 winner Quality Road, one final breeze for the Preakness this weekend at Parx. He returned to the work tab for the first time since the Tesio with a half-mile move in 50.21 seconds May 6.

“He came out of it great. It was just a maintenance work, just a nice, easy half-mile by himself. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs a little bit,” Servis said. “He’ll work again this weekend but I don’t know what day. I’m planning
 on Sunday, but I’m not sure. We’ll have to see how the weather shakes out.”

With other horses to run over the weekend, Servis said he plans to ship to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day,
 Friday, May 18. Barbara Fritchie (G2) winner Ms Locust Point is being pointed to the $100,000 Skipat for fillies and mares 3 and older going six furlongs on the undercard of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2).

“As of right now I’m planning on coming in early
 Friday morning,” Servis said. “I have a couple to run Friday there anyway, so I think I’ll ship them all early Friday morning and beat the traffic and let [Diamond King] get there and just settle in and get ready for Saturday.”

Lukas Names Jockeys for Bravazo, Sporting Chance

D. Wayne Lukas reported Thursday that Luis Contreras will ride Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance in the Preakness and Luis Saez will be on Bravazo, the Fair Grounds’ Risen Star (G2) winner who after a poor showing in the Louisiana Derby (G2) finished a sneaky good sixth in the Kentucky Derby.
 

Contreras rode Calumet Farm’s Bravazo in the Derby and Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance in the Pat Day Mile (G3), in which he finished a troubled fourth.

“We don’t let them choose,” Lukas said with a laugh. “That’s like letting your team put out the lineup…. It gets down to gut reaction to what you think fits — and a combination of trying to appease your owners a little bit.
  

“Luis Contreras is getting along awful good with Sporting Chance. Having said that, I think Luis Saez is a better fit on Bravazo, even though he’s ridden Sporting Chance to a Grade 1 win (in Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes)…. You never in these races lead with your heart, (but) always with your business sense.”
 

The Lukas duo will van to Baltimore Monday.
 

“It’s 12 hours,” Lukas said. “I see Steve (Asmussen) is going to van (Tenfold and other Preakness weekend stakes candidates) now. It’s getting to be more popular. We started vanning and now that’s the choice.”

Lukas, who generally rides shotgun in the truck’s cab on the trip to Pimlico, touted satellite radio channels for those making the drive.

“Fifty-eight is Prime Country and 59 is Willie’s Roadhouse,” he said, “And if you’re really wondering if you’re going to win it, you go to 128 — and that’s Joel Osteen.”

 

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