By Dick Downey
Justify continued training for the Preakness Stakes Friday morning at Churchill Downs when he galloped 1 1/2 mile.
With exercise rider Humberto Gomez aboard, all systems seemed to be on go.
“He’s back to his normal self,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said. “He’s feeling good and has a good bounce in his step.”
The Bob Baffert trainee was the first horse on the track at 7:30 following the first track maintenance renovation break. Baffert is expected to fly into Louisville Sunday night and watch the colt train Monday and Tuesday before he flies to Baltimore Wednesday.
Four More at Churchill
Justify is joined by four Churchill Downs-based horses possible for the Preakness: Kentucky Derby sixth-place finisher Bravazo (trainer D. Wayne Lukas), Kentucky Derby eighth finisher Lone Sailor (Tom Amoss), Pat Day Mile fourth finisher Sporting Chance (Lukas) and Arkansas Derby fifth-place finisher Tenfold (Steve Asmussen).
Fifth One Defects
Trainer Dallas Stewart said Friday morning that Givemeaminit, also based at Churchill, will bypass the Preakness and target the June 9 Woody Stephens on the undercard of the Belmont Stakes. Givemeaminit finished third in the Pat Day Mile.