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Improbable Returns to the Track Feeling Well

5/9/2019


Improbable, who went off the 4-1 favorite in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve,  returned to the track Thursday morning at Churchill Downs for the first since Saturday.

With Humberto Gomez aboard, Improbable was sent out just before 6:30 and jogged once around the track alongside a pony with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes aboard.

“Bob said to just jog him today,” Barnes said. “I am very happy with him. He was feeling good, bucking and playing. It was difficult to keep his feet on the ground.”

Baffert is scheduled to return to Louisville Sunday from his base at Santa Anita and be at the track on Monday morning.

Mike Smith will ride Improbable in the Preakness.


Six Other Preakness Horses at Churchill

Six other horses stabled at Churchill Downs with the Preakness as their next target had routine mornings.

War of Will jogged two miles alongside a pony with Kim Carroll aboard for trainer Mark Casse. It was his second day back on the track. Tyler Gaffalione has the ride back in the Preakness.

Bodexpress galloped 1 3/4 mile in the presence of Gustavo Delgado Jr., son of trainer Gustavo Delgado. No rider has been confirmed for the Preakness.

Signalman galloped a 1 1/2 mile at 5:30 a.m. under exercise rider Danny Ramsey for trainer Kenny McPeek. Brian Hernandez, Jr. has the Preakness mount.

Owendale, winner of the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in his most recent start, galloped 1 1/2 mile at 5:45 a.m. for trainer Brad Cox. Florent Geroux will ride in the Preakness.

Laughing Fox, winner of last Saturday’s Oaklawn Invitational Stakes, visited the starting gate and then galloped Thursday for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Warrior's Charge, whose Preakness intentions were announced earlier today, is also stabled at Churchill Downs.

Edited release with additional content by Dick Downey

 

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