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Preakness Notes from Churchill Downs

5/7/2014

BAYERN -- He returned to the track on a mild, clear morning to jog a mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert. Bayern, who was disqualified from first in the April 26 Derby Trial (GIII) for interference in deep stretch, had worked a bullet five-eighths in :58.20 on Monday under Rosie Napravnik. Jim Barnes, who is overseeing Baffert’s Churchill Downs string, said Bayern would resume galloping Thursday and work again on Monday. “That is our usual routine to work five days out and then ship on Wednesday,” Barnes said.


CALIFORNIA CHROME -- He made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning since winning the Kentucky Derby.  At 6:55, California Chrome was led from Barn 20 by Alan Sherman, son of trainer Art Sherman, with regular morning partner Willie Delgado in the saddle.

Owned by his breeders Steven Coburn and Perry Martin, California Chrome paused before reaching the five-furlong gap, taking a couple of minutes to check out the activity before going to the track. California Chrome stood in front of the clockers’ stand briefly and then jogged one mile.

“Good. Good. Really super,” Delgado said of the morning exercise. “He went out there like he always does. He is his normal self.”

Alan Sherman was similarly delighted.

“It went really good,” Sherman said. “He wanted to train; he was tired of walking.”

Sherman said California Chrome would resume galloping Thursday and maintain that schedule for as long as the California-bred colt remains at Churchill Downs. He will travel to Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course early next week.

“I still haven’t heard about the plane; whether we will go to Pimlico Monday or Wednesday,” Sherman said. “I’d prefer Monday. The key now is to keep him happy.”


DYNAMIC IMPACT -- The winner of the Illinois Derby in his stakes debut in his most recent start, Dynamic Impact galloped 1 1/2 mile under Marco Cano for trainer Mark Casse. Miguel Mena, who was aboard Dynamic Impact for the Illinois Derby victory, is slated to be aboard when the Tiznow colt works on Saturday.


RIDE ON CURLIN -- Seventh in the Derby, he returned to the track for the first time since Saturday’s race. With trainer Billy Gowan on the right and groom Bridget Lambert on the left, Ride On Curlin walked from Barn 47 to the six-furlong gap where exercise rider Bryan Beccia hopped aboard.

Ride On Curlin backtracked to the finish line and then galloped an easy 1 1/8 mile. “He was 110 percent; all systems are go,” Beccia told Gowan after the exercise.

“He will do the same thing the next two days,” Gowan said. “I will probably work him a slow half when he gets to Pimlico.”

Gowan is hoping there will be a Monday plane to Baltimore and he said Ride On Curlin would not work here even if there should be no flight until Wednesday.

“I am betting on a plane for Monday,” Gowan said.


RIA ANTONIA -- She galloped 1 1/2 mile  at Churchill Downs shortly before 6:30 Wednesday morning with Maurice Sanchez aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. Sixth to Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) last Friday, Ria Antonia is scheduled for a light breeze Monday.

 

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