Today's headline is that the filly Ria Antonia's name has been added to the Preakness mix. She has a new trainer.
BAYERN -- He came out of a Monday work of :58.20 at Churchill Downs in good order, according to Bob Baffert’s assistant trainer Jim Barnes. Bayern walked the shedrow Tuesday morning.
CALIFORNIA CHROME -- Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome walked for 30 minutes at Barn 20 at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Willie Delgado on the shank. He is scheduled to return to the track Wednesday morning around 7 o’clock for a jog.
Alan Sherman, son of trainer Art Sherman, is overseeing California Chrome’s Preakness preparations in Louisville before the colt heads to Baltimore next Monday or Wednesday.
“They are doing maintenance on the plane, and it is a question of when it will be ready,” he said.
The Shermans maintain a stable of 16-17 horses at Los Alamitos, but for Alan, being with one horse is no vacation.
“The last time I had only one horse was when we brought Ultra Blend (fourth to Royal Delta) here for the Breeders’ Cup in 2011,” Alan Sherman said. “I was here about a week and a half. This is a little more stressful, but a good kind of stress. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Meanwhile, the glow of winning the Derby has not begun to wear off by any means.
“I keep my California Chrome hat on, and everywhere we go people are congratulating us,” Delgado said. “Every time I watch a replay of the race, I still get goose bumps. It has not set in yet what he did. It’s unbelievable.”
DYNAMIC IMPACT -- He galloped 1 1/2 mile Tuesday morning over a fast track before the renovation break at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Marco Cano aboard for trainer Mark Casse. Dynamic Impact will bring a two-race win streak to Pimlico, having broken his maiden at Oaklawn Park prior to his Illinois Derby victory.
“We have to give credit to David Adams and the crew that had him at Oaklawn this winter,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said. “We had him here last summer and fall. He was highly regarded, but just not winning. He got to Oaklawn, he had matured and something just clicked.”
KID CRUZ -- The decisive winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 19 at Pimlico will have an easy breeze this weekend at Belmont Park – his final timed worked before the Preakness.
Trainer Linda Rice said Tuesday that she has not decided who will ride the Lemon Drop Kid colt in the Preakness or when he will be shipped from New York to Baltimore. Maryland-based jockey Julian Pimentel was aboard for Kid Cruz’s victories in the Private Terms at Laurel Race Course March 8 and the Tesio.
Kid Cruz took the 1 1/8-mile Private Terms by four lengths and the 1-1/16-mile Tesio by 3 1/2 lengths.
“He made a last-to-first move in the first one and then had a nice closing kick in the second one,” Rice said. “It doesn’t look like he’s going to have any trouble with the distance of the Preakness, and I believe that the Belmont would suit him just fine as well.”
Kid Cruz was named after New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
PABLO DEL MONTE -- Scratched from the Kentucky Derby to wait for the Preakness, he is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday May 14.
RIA ANTONIA -- Ria Antonia, now on her third trainer, was added to the list of candidates for the Preakness Stakes on Tuesday morning.
If the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner via disqualification is entered, the trainer of record will be Tom Amoss. Ria Antonia was a distant sixth-place in the Kentucky Oaks for Bob Baffert, who succeeded Jeremiah Englehart early this year.
“She trained this morning with us for the first time,” said Amoss at his Churchill barn Tuesday morning. “She is going to have a light breeze Monday or Tuesday after which Mr. Paolucci and I will discuss the Preakness.”
Should Ria Antonia take on the boys, she would attempt to become the sixth filly to capture the Preakness Stakes, joining Rachel Alexandra (2009), Nellie Morse (1924), Rhine Maiden (1915), Whimsical (1906) and Flocarline (1903).
RIDE ON CURLIN -- He walked the shedrow for 30 minutes with trainer Billy Gowan handling the first half of the activity and groom Bridget Lambert the remainder.
Gowan’s phone was plenty busy Monday when the news broke he was replacing Calvin Borel as the jockey on Ride On Curlin following the colt’s seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
“I had a lot of agents call,” said Gowan, who chose Joel Rosario to pilot Ride On Curlin in the Preakness. “I thought he would be the best choice. He never has ridden for me, and I don’t even know him, but he is the top rider in the country right now.”
Ride On Curlin is scheduled to return to the track Wednesday morning with an easy mile gallop slated as the day’s activity.
RING WEEKEND -- Trainer Graham Motion said he will continue to monitor the training of Ring Weekend this week before deciding the Tampa Bay Derby winner’s status for the Preakness.
“I think it’s going to depend on what kind of week he has and how he breezes on Saturday,” Motion said Tuesday morning.
Ring Weekend galloped 1 1/2 mile Tuesday morning at Fair Hill Training Center, Motion’s home base in Elkton, Md.
The son of Tapit had been pointing for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill, only to be declared out of the first jewel of the Triple Crown on April 27 with what was said to be a fever.
“He had the fever for only two days, but it did cost him three or four days of training,” Motion said. “Obviously, everything would have to go very well in order to do it. He can’t afford to have a bump in the road.”
Motion reported that Alan Garcia would be the choice to ride Ring Weekend, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, should he run.
SOCIAL INCLUSION -- According to owner Ron Sanchez, Social Inclusion has recovered from a bruise in his right front foot that, according to Sanchez, kept him out of the Sir Bear Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
“We’re leaving tomorrow morning around 10 and get (to Pimlico) early Thursday morning,” the owner said. “He’ll jog tomorrow before he leaves.”