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Brown Says Still Unsure; Quip Confirmed

5/8/2018


Trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday morning he is still considering entering Good Magic in the Preakness Stakes.

Brown was succinct about it, saying, “I’m not sure."

Bob Edwards of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds laughed, “My trainer’s license has expired. Chad is one of the best guys in placing horses in spots where you’re going to get in the money or win. He wants this horse to win, and he’s going to put this horse in the best position to win.”

Good Magic was shipped from Louisville to Brown’s barn at Belmont Park on Monday and is scheduled to be on the track Wednesday.

Quip Confirmed

WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden said Tuesday that Quip is officially headed to the Preakness.

After winning the Tampa Bay Derby and running second to Magnum Moon in the Arkansas Derby, Quip was kept out of the Kentucky Derby after Keeneland-based trainer Rodolphe Brisset said he thought the colt needed extra time.
 
“He deserves the opportunity,” Walden said. “We purposely skipped the Derby pointing for the Preakness. We looked at it at that time and asked the question, if we did win the Derby, would we still run Quip in the Preakness? We all kind of answered, ‘Yes.’ But I wanted to take a fresh look at it after the race and make sure.”

Quip and Kentucky Derby winner Justify share ownership through WinStar and China Horse Club. SF Bloodstock is a partner in Quip but sold its racing rights for Justify to Starlight Racing while retaining breeding rights. Quip will race with jockey Florent Geroux wearing WinStar’s silks. Justify wore WinStar's silks in the Kentucky Derby.

“Justify is going to be the prohibitive favorite,” Walden said. “If you’re looking at it with a Quip hat on, you would think he would be a very difficult horse to beat but that you’re as live as anybody else.”

Justify Has Routine Day

Justify had another routine walk day Tuesday at Churchill Downs as he prepares for the Preakness Stakes.

“Justify is going to walk one more day, I believe,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes. “That’s what Bob said. He may change his mind and go tomorrow. But he said we’re probably going to walk four days.”

Justify co-owner WinStar Farm has won the Kentucky Derby twice, including with Super Saver in 2010, and the Belmont Stakes twice with Drosselmeyer in 2010 and Creator in 2016. But the Central Kentucky farm has never won the Preakness. During his training career, WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden was second twice in the Preakness, first with eventual Belmont winner Victory Gallop in 1998 and then with Menifee in 1999.

“We’re looking forward to the Preakness,” Walden said. “He looked like to me, other than that irritation (on a hind leg), he came out of the race great. He looked bright and was feeling very good, had a good energy level.”

WinStar will attempt to visit the Preakness Stakes winner’s circle for the first time as well.

“We haven’t won a Preakness, except that we had secured Exaggerator for stallion duty,” Walden said Sunday. “We didn’t have any ownership in the horse until he retired. But yeah, that’s the one race we haven’t had a win it yet. So it would be exciting to actually do that.

“It’s a little bit looser atmosphere; there isn’t as much pressure. With Justify, you might feel a little more pressure. We might have the same pressure as coming into Kentucky, with the expectations being so high. But it’s a good week in Baltimore. They do a great job making you feel welcome. They’re excited you’re in town, and they are very accommodating. And it’s also kind of a short buildup. With the Kentucky Derby, we’ve been worrying about this, thinking about it, living and breathing it for three months now as you walk through these preps. This is a quick turnaround. This is going to feel like this,” Walden said as he snapped his fingers, "when the Preakness comes a week from Saturday.”

Lukas Doubling Up

D. Wayne Lukas will have two chances to get a record-tying seventh Preakness victory, with both Bravazo and Sporting Chance confirmed. Lukas said he expects to have his jockeys finalized by this Wednesday.

Bravazo finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby after making a big move around the far turn to the sixteenth pole before weakening. Sporting Chance rallied late to get fourth in the Pat Day Mile on the Derby undercard.

Both colts had a walk day Tuesday and will resume training Wednesday at Churchill Downs, Lukas said.

“They’re doing great,” Lukas said. “They are both bright and were out there on the grass (in the stable area) full of themselves. We’re looking forward to it. Sporting Chance got roughed up pretty good about the half-mile pole. A horse came over and hit him in the hip and spun him around and the rider darn near came off. But then he recovered and finished well. It is what it is. We all ran over the same surface.

“Realistically it’s Justify’s race to lose, just that simple. He’s the best horse. Not always the best horse wins in the Kentucky Derby, and this year the best horse won. To go into Baltimore and take him back on is definitely going to be a challenge. I’ll never be afraid, but I’m realistic enough to know he’ll be very difficult to beat. But you can’t mail it in. They run and things happen. We’ve been there before. I mean, Oxbow wasn’t supposed to beat those horses either, and he did easy.”

Oxbow finished sixth in the 2013 Kentucky Derby before handily beating Derby winner Orb in the Preakness to give Lukas his most recent Triple Crown triumph.

Lukas said the horses will likely van to Pimlico Monday.

Others

Others being considered for the Preakness are Lone Sailor, who finished eighth in the Derby; Diamond King, winner of the Federico Tesio at Laurel last time out; Tenfold, fifth in the Arkansas Derby; and Givemeaminit, who finished third in the Pat Day Mile.

Edited Maryland Jockey Club release with additional content by Dick Downey

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