California Chrome, four others, gallop at Churchill ahead
|California Chrome continues to please his connections leading into the Preakness
(Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
The five horses under consideration for next Saturday's
$1.5 million Preakness Stakes stabled at Churchill Downs galloped Friday
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome galloped 1 1/2
miles over the fast track on the warm Friday morning with
exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.
"He was strong this morning," said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father,
trainer Art Sherman. "The track was a little cuppy this morning."
Rain began falling after training hours Friday and sporadic
showers were expected to continue through the day and night and into training
hours Saturday. Prior to the Derby, California Chrome trained on a sealed track
the first two days after his arrival.
"We'll play it by ear tomorrow," Alan Sherman said. "If the track is in good
shape, I don't mind training on it."
California Chrome stood quietly for seven minutes at the
five-furlong gap before his morning activity and calmly walked back to the barn
with Delgado all smiles.
"He is much stronger now than he was after (his 5 1/4-length victory in) the Santa Anita
Derby," Delgado said. "I used to give Alan a thumbs-up when I came off the
track, but now I just smile. He can tell how (California Chrome) is doing by how
much I sweat."
Upon his arrival at Pimlico California Chrome will be
bedded down in Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes Barn, which is traditionally
reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner.
|Dynamic Impact (outside) is currently riding a two-race win streak
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Illinois Derby hero Dynamic Impact
galloped 1 1/2 miles before the morning renovation break under the Twin Spires with
exercise rider Marco Cano aboard. Now riding a two-race win streak, the Tiznow
scheduled to work Saturday morning with jockey Miguel Mena up.
"He will be in the 6 o'clock (EDT) set," said Norman Casse, assistant to his
father, trainer Mark Casse. "I don't like to work on a wet track, so we will see
how it is. We may wait (until Sunday to work)."
Ride On Curlin galloped 1 1/8 miles
under exercise rider Bryan Beccia for trainer Billy Gowan after the morning
renovation break at Churchill Downs. Seventh in the Kentucky Derby last
Saturday, the bay son of Curlin returned to the track Wednesday and has followed a similar exercise
for three consecutive mornings.
"He just ran a mile and a quarter and he is coming back in
two weeks," Gowan said. "He doesn't need to do much."
Gowan has Ride On Curlin scheduled for a two-mile exercise
Saturday and the prospect of an "off" track is not a deterrent.
"He is going to go slow anyhow, so the track doesn't
matter," Gowan said.
Ride On Curlin was
purchased for $25,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September sale. His dam is the Grade
2-placed Storm Cat mare Magical
Ride, making his second dam the Grade 1-scoring Seeking the Gold mare Victory Ride.
|Ria Antonia could take on the boys in the Preakness
"I liked his looks and that pedigree...when I saw that, I
had to go in," Gowan said. "How did I get him for $25,000? I don't know. Ask the
Canadian champion Ria Antonia, sixth in the Kentucky Oaks in her most recent start, galloped 1
1/2 miles at
Churchill with Maurice Sanchez aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. The Rockport Harbor
filly arrived in the Amoss barn on Monday, and Friday
marked the fourth time Sanchez had been aboard.
"She has a beautiful way of going," said Sanchez, who was the exercise rider
for Mylute, the third-place finisher in last year's Preakness. "All I have to do
is keep her safe."
Bayern visited the starting gate and then
galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez on Friday morning at
Churchill. Never off the board in four starts for trainer Bob Baffert,
the Offlee Wild colt is scheduled to work Monday and ship to Baltimore on Wednesday.
In other Preakness news:
|Pablo del Monte's connections bypassed on the Derby
and now have a fresh horse for the Preakness
New shooters Pablo del Monte and Kid Cruz galloped on their home tracks Friday
morning as they moved toward final works for the Preakness.
Pablo del Monte, third in the Blue Grass Stakes in his last race, galloped at Keeneland for trainer and
co-owner Wesley Ward. Ward decided to scratch and wait for the Preakness
rather than start the Giant's Causeway colt from post 20 in the Derby. Jockey Jeffery
Sanchez will ride the chestnut in the Preakness.
Kid Cruz is scheduled to be shipped from New York to
Baltimore on Monday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid galloped over the muddy training
track at Belmont Park on Friday morning. Julian Pimentel, who has ridden Kid
Cruz to a pair of stakes wins in Maryland including a 3 1/2-length victory in
the Federico Tesio, will be back aboard in the Preakness.
is scheduled to breeze at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton Maryland Saturday
morning. The Tapit gelding captured the Tampa Bay Derby in early March and is
exiting a runner-up effort in the Calder Derby on April 5.
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