Govenor Charlies remains on course for a start in the Preakness, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday after the colt breezed six furlongs in 1:10.80 at Churchill Downs on Monday.
“He came out of his work really, really well,” said Baffert, who has won the Preakness five times. “We are prepared to go.”
Baffert is at home in California this week and has been relying reports from Kentucky on from longtime assistant Jimmy Barnes.
The Grade III Sunland Derby winner did not compete in the Kentucky Derby because a minor foot bruise caused him to miss some training time in April. Govenor Charlie has had three solid works and has demonstrated that he has recovered from the foot issue.
Although Baffert noted that he has until Wednesday morning to change his mind about shipping the Midnight Lute colt to Maryland, he said, “Unless he shows me something, it’s pretty likely he’ll be on that plane.”
Jockey Martin Garcia, who has ridden Govenor Charlie in his three career races, will be aboard in the Preakness.
Baffert is scheduled to travel to Baltimore on Thursday.
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release