By Dick Downey
Bob Baffert arrived in Louisville last night, and this morning he was on hand in Barn 33 at Churchill Downs with Justify.
After Justify galloped, Baffert told Alicia Hughes of BloodHorse, "He went around there and he looks no different than he did before the Kentucky Derby. So we're pretty happy where we are right now. He didn't lose an ounce of weight. The next day (after the Derby), he was so bright and so full of energy, I was pretty impressed. Usually all my Derby winners, it takes them about five days to really snap out of it. But he was pretty sharp the whole time. He's enjoying it out there."
Baffert checked out Justify in another way, too. Brandon Stauble reported, "Not officially a workout but had Justify on my watch from the 1/2 mile pole to the wire in 53 flat, almost identical to what Baffert did with Pharoah before the Preakness in 2015."
Baffert put Restoring Hope and Solomini to work. Restoring Hope, 12th in the Pat Day Mile, went four furlongs in a bullet 47:00 (1/23), breezing; and Solomini, 10th in the Kentucky Derby, was timed for four furlongs in 47:20 (2/23), breezing. No word yet on their next starts, but Horse Racing Nation said Baffert would sent one other horse with Justify to Piimlico, and it won't be Abel Tasman, who's back in California.
Tenfold put in his official final Preakness workout, breezing four furlongs in 49:40 (13/23) for trainer Steve Asmussen. The move completed all official works for the Preakness.
In the meantime, D. Wayne Lukas is on his way to Baltimore, riding in the truck hauling Bravazo and Sporting Chance. They left well before daylight.
Scheduled to arrive this morning at Pimlico from Belmont Park is Good Magic for trainer Chad Brown.
Justify, Lone Sailor, Quip and Tenfold will be flown up from Kentucky on Wednesday.
Diamond King will be taken to Pimlico from Parx later this week, maybe as late as Thursday. The arrival deadline is noon that day.
Tom Amoss was asked by Jeremy Balan of BloodHorse why Lone Sailor, eighth in the Kentucky Derby, will run in the Preakness. According to Balan, Amoss said, “Not looking to ruffle anybody’s feathers, but the Derby time, particularly the last half-mile, was 53 and change. It’s hard to feel off that race that the Preakness isn't a wide-open race."
And now, the weather. As of this morning, the chance of rain in Baltimore is 90 percent on Thursday, 100 percent on Friday and 80 percent on Saturday.