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Daily Preakness Update: Wednesday


DEPARTING -- The Grade III Illinois Derby winner galloped 1 1/2 mile on a fast track early Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Departing is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday depending on weather.

GOLDENCENTS -- Goldencents walked the shedrow at his barn at Pimlico for 30 minutes Wednesday morning. He will return to the track at 8:30 Thursday morning for the first time since finishing seventeenth in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday.

Goldencents shipped from Kentucky Monday and was the first Preakness candidate to arrive at Pimlico, in the wee hours of Tuesday.

“He’s great. He’s settled in really well,” said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson. “We’re happy with him.”

Eleven other horses from O’Neill’s stable arrived at Pimlico from Louisville at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. Some of them will compete at Pimlico.

“It depends how they train over the track,” Sisterson said. “We expect to run a few, but we’re going to make sure that they’re all 100 percent before we make a decision. They all shipped in well.”

Jockey Kevin Krigger, who will be aboard Goldencents when he goes out to jog Thursday, has a mount on Sunday’s program at Pimlico.

GOVENOR CHARLIE -- Govenor Charlie came out of his work on Tuesday, when he breezed six furlongs at Churchill Downs, in 1:11.40 (1/3), in fine shape and remains a prospect for the Preakness.

Following past practice, Baffert will fly in from California and watch the colt breeze again before making the call on whether to enter the Preakness.

“He’s going to work Sunday or Monday and then I’ll decide,” Baffert said. “He worked really well. He’s going to have to convince me when he works again.”

ITSMYLUCKYDAY -- The fifteenth finisher in the Derby arrived at Monmouth Park from Churchill Downs Wednesday morning, and he'll have a  new rider for the Preakness. John Velazquez will replace Elvis Trujillo.

“We had an opportunity to ride John Velazquez. No slight to Elvis Trujillo. Elvis did a fantastic job, no question. The Derby was what the Derby was. It was a racetrack that was unfavorable to our horse,” trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said. “But with John being open, we just felt that we had to take advantage of having one of the very top riders in the country.”

Velazquez finished fourteenth in the Derby aboard Verrazano, just ahead of Itsmyluckyday. Verrazano is skipping the Preakness.

The son of Lawyer Ron returned to the track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, where he jogged two miles.

MYLUTE -- The fifth-place in the Derby finisher returned to the track for the first time since the Run for the Roses with an easy jog early Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

“Everything was fine this morning,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He will gallop the rest of the week and the partnership will get together Saturday after training and make a decision on the Preakness.”

NORMANDY INVASION -- Fourth in the Kentucky Derby, Nornandy Invasion hasn't been ruled in or out of the Preakness yet by trainer Chad Brown.

ORB -- See separate story about Orb posted at The Downey Profile this date, May 8, here.

OXBOW / TITLETOWN FIVE / WILL TAKE CHARGE -- D. Wayne Lukas has firmed up the jockey assignments for his three Preakness candidates. He said Wednesday morning that Mike Smith will replace Jon Court aboard Will Take Charge; Julien Leparoux will have the mount aboard Titletown Five; and Gary Stevens will retain the mount on Oxbow.

Meanwhile, Oxbow and Will Take Charge both jogged twice around the Churchill track on Wednesday morning.

Smith, 47, has competed in the Preakness 14 times since 1984. He picked up his lone win on Prairie Bayou in 1993 and has two seconds on his resume: Mine That Bird in 2009 and Bodemeister in 2012. Leparoux has been blanked with five Preakness mounts, including 2008 second-place finisher Macho Again. Stevens has ridden two Preakness winners, Silver Charm (1997) and Point Given (2001), from 16 mounts.

Titletown Five, who finished fourth in the Grade III Derby Trial, walked the shedrow at Churchill Downs Wednesday following his half-mile work of: 47.60 (5/35) on Tuesday.

Lukas sent Oxbow, sixth in the Derby, and Will Take Charge, eighth, to the track for the first time Wednesday since the race.

“I was going to walk them another day, but I had them out on the lawn yesterday about 3:00, and they were so disruptive, I was afraid they were going to hurt themselves,” Lukas said. “I had to bring them out today.”

STREET SPICE -- Fifth in the Illinois Derby, Street Spice remains a possible Preakness candidate.

VYJACK -- Eighteenth in the Derby, Vyjack remains a possible prospect for the Preakness.

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