BAYERN -- Bayern, working in company with Awesome Baby, drilled five furlongs in :58.20 (1/19) at Churchill Downs after Monday morning’s renovation break. Bayern started two lengths behind and outside of Awesome Baby. Bayern drew to within a length on the turn and finished three lengths in front. Fractions were :23 and :34.40 and a six-furlong gallop out was timed in 1:13.40.
Bayern finished first in the Derby Trial on April 26 but was disqualified and placed second behind Embellishing Bob for interference in the stretch. Napravnik received a three-day suspension that she is serving this week.
CALIFORNIA CHROME -- California Chrome will be returning to his roots in a way because he's out of the Maryland-bred mare, Love the Chase. He will arrive in Maryland no worse from the wear of overwhelming 18 rivals over 1¼ miles Saturday at Churchill.
“When I pulled him out of his stall this morning, he never walked like that. He was dragging me around,” said exercise rider Willie Delgado on Monday. “He was shaking his head like he hadn’t run yet.”
California Chrome has thrived during his five-race winning streak, his exercise rider said.
“It’s his power, his demeanor – his power, the way he does things,” Delgado said. “With every race, he’s gotten stronger and stronger.”
California Chrome is scheduled to return to the Churchill Downs track for a jog on Wednesday, reported Alan Sherman, whose father returned to Southern California Monday and will reunite with his Derby winner in Baltimore next week. Travel plans have not been finalized for California Chrome. He could arrive next Monday, May 12 or Wednesday, May 14.
COMMANDING CURVE -- Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve walked at trainer Dallas Stewart’s barn Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Stewart said Sunday he'd have to see how Commanding Curve comes out of the Derby before making a decision about the Preakness. He hinted today he might not make the ship to Baltimore. “My horse came out of the race good. But it’s tough coming back in two weeks, and there are a lot of other races out there,” Stewart said.
DYNAMIC IMPACT -- He'll arrive at Pimlico on Wednesday. Dynamic Impact galloped before the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Marco Cano up for trainer Mark Casse. Winner of the Illinois Derby in his most recent start, Dynamic Impact worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Casse said that jockey Miguel Mena will retain the mount for the Preakness.
KID CRUZ -- The Linda Rice trainee, winner of the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park and the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico in his last two starts, remains set to compete in the Preakness. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid was claimed from the Black Swan Stable by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds for $50,000 at Aqueduct in November. Black Swan later bought back into the Kentucky-bred colt.
PABLO DEL MONTE -- The third-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes remains definite for the Preakness. Trainer/co-owner Wesley Ward and his ownership group decided to scratch out the Derby rather than have Pablo Del Monte start from the outside in a 20-horse field. After the Giant’s Causeway colt worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 Sunday, Ward said he could have been a contender in the Derby.
“The way race played out with soft fractions for a Derby and a slow final time, I really think I would have had a great chance to be at least second,” Ward said. “I was speaking to my good friend Paul Shanahan and I told him just that. He said, ‘Listen Wesley, nobody remembers who was second. If you really feel that way and the horse worked as good as he did, maybe we can win the Preakness and that will be forever.’”
RIDE ON CURLIN -- He's now confirmed for the Preakness, and Joel Rosario will hgave the mount. Ride On Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Billy Gowan said bhe was not happy with the ride Calvin Borel gave the colt during his seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Ride On Curlin broke from the 19 post and dropped back to last as Borel took the colt straight to the rail.
“I told him before the race that he had three-eighths of a mile to work his way over,” Gowan said.
Gowan said Ride On Curlin is doing well and would return to the track Wednesday.
“He was not tired at all after the Derby. He only ran three-eighths of a mile,” Gowan said. “He was more tired after his seven-eighths work last Sunday.”
Owner Daniel Dougherty echoed his trainer’s thoughts.
“I walked back with him after the Arkansas Derby, and he was tired,” Dougherty said of the runner-up effort.
“He wasn’t tired Saturday. It is only two weeks (to the Preakness) and you don’t want to leave it all out there on the track,” Dougherty said, emphasizing the positive.
RING WEEKEND -- No update.
SOCIAL INCLUSION -- He'll arrive at Pimlico from south Florida on Thursday.
STRONG MANDATE -- D. Wayne Lukas said Strong Mandate will not run in the Preakness. “He’s not going,” said Lukas, who won his sixth Preakness last May with Oxbow. “I am going to wait until Saratoga.”