Stevens excited to ride fresh contender Royal Mo in Preakness 2017
May 12, 2017 10:57am

Gary Stevens missed an opportunity to win his fourth Kentucky Derby when his mount, Royal Mo, didn’t draw into the field of 20 from his 21 spot on the also eligible list, but the Hall of Fame rider is looking forward to the Preakness Stakes on May 20 with the son of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss.

“We were disappointed we didn’t get to run in the Derby, but maybe it was a blessing, because we’ve got a fresh horse,” Stevens said Friday at his Santa Anita base.

“Royal Mo was happy at Churchill all Derby week and it looks like he’s training great at Pimlico right now, so I’m happy to be headed in that direction.”

In another Preakness development, Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art leaves Santa Anita Tuesday to face Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming in the mile and three-sixteenths race, according to Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill.

Santa Anita will offer a free cooler backpack presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on Preakness Day, May 20, to Thoroughbred members only at Santa Anita while supplies last, one per paid admission.

Fans at Santa Anita can watch and wager on the second leg of the Triple Crown from the Preakness Trackside Event, or camp out in the Infield for the Californian Motorcycle Show. Event admission is $10.

Source: Santa Anita Park


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