By Dick Downey
This morning's Preakness headlines from around the web.
Justify Gallops, Has Special Shoe
After all the talk about his left hind foot the last few days, Justify galloped for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby.
Tom Amoss, trainer of Lone Sailor, tweeted that Justify "looked exactly the same today as he looked training before the Ky Derby" and noted a special shoe on his left hind foot.
The Courier-Journal reported that assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said this morning, "He was ready to go back to the track. He was getting a little pushy in the stall. Each day we got better, and we were 100 percent. There was no reason to hold my breath.”
Ruis Reverses Course
In a story posted late yesterday afternoon at BloodHorse.com, owner-trainer Mick Ruis told Jeremy Balan that Bolt d'Oro might be entered in the Preakness after all. 'Bolt' finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby, beaten 24 1/4 lengths. The next morning, Ruis said the horse would be taken to California to regroup. However, he's still at Keeneland, where he was vanned shortly after the Derby.
This morning, Ruis told Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form that Bolt d'Oro will run in the Preakness if he's training well and if the track isn't wet. Then he said we would know next Wednesday, which is the deadline to enter. Ruis named as alternatives the June 2 Penn Mile on turf or the seven-furlong Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day.
Team Lukas Jockeys
D. Wayne Lukas announced jockey assignments this morning. He told the Preakness notes team and Alicia Hughes of BloodHorse that Luis Saez rides will ride Bravazo, replacing Luis Contreras, and that Contreras will ride Sporting Chance. Bravazo outran his odds to finish sixth in the Derby, beaten eight lengths. Sporting Chance was fourth in the Pat Day Mile, also defeated by eight lengths.
Diamond King to Preakness After All
He'll scratch from the Peter Pan Stakes and be entered in the Preakness, per a tweet by David Grening of Daily Racing Form. That leaves seven in the Peter Pan field.
Pony Up Possible
The Courier-Journal story referenced above mentions Pony Up, second in the Jeff Ruby Steaks and third in the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes, as possible for the Preakness.
Per a Twitter account for Audible, he's likely for the Belmont Stakes. He was shipped to New York a couple of days after the Derby, along with Todd Pletcher's other horses stabled at Churchill Downs.