By Dick Downey
UPDATED in re: Bolt d'Oro, Quip
Things are active on the Preakness front today.
First off, there were three recorded final Preakness workouts at three different tracks:
Bravazo breezed four furlongs in 50:60 (42/47) at Churchill Downs for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Fractions were :25.40 and :38.00, with a five-furlong gallop-out of 1:04.80.
Diamond King worked five furlongs in 1:01.51 (1/2), handily, on a sloppy track at Parx for trainer John Servis. DRF's Jim Dunleavy reports he galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.53.
Quip breezed four furlongs in 48:20 (6/21) at Keeneland for trainer Rodolph Brisset. He reportedly galloped out five furlongs in either 1:03.00 or 1:00.60, depending on the source. The former time was reported by Marty McGee per clocker Billy Pettingill. The latter time was reported by the Keeneland press office.
According to a post at DRF Nuggets by Marty McGee, Lukas also sent out Sporting Chance to breeze, but he refused. Churchill Downs clockers told McGee that Sporting Chance was given at least three chances to break off for the work, but no dice.
Aside from Sporting Chance, the only remaining workout for a probable or possible Preakness entry is that of Tenfold. He's expected to breeze at Churchill Downs tomorrow.
Also this morning, trainer Chad Brown confirmed Good Magic will be entered the Preakness, per a tweet by David Grening of DRF. Good Magic will be shipped to Pimlico from New York tomorrow.
Early yesterday evening, Gayle Benson tweeted that Lone Sailor is also confirmed, and Irad Ortiz, Jr. has been named to ride.
Justify (in photo) briefly visited the starting gate at Chuchill Downs this morning before galloping a mile and a half without incident. He's still scheduled to be flown to New York on Wednesday.
Bolt d'Oro's has been declared out of the Preakness and will be pointed to the Metropolitan Handicap.
No word yet on whether Pony Up will be entered in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Counting him, there would be a field of nine at present.