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All Systems Go for Preakness Dozen
Anothertwistafate came out of Saturday’s six-furlong breeze in fine shape, trainer Blaine Wright said Sunday. The Scat Daddy colt is scheduled to fly to Baltimore from Oakland, Ca. on Tuesday.
Anothertwistafate turned in the fastest of eight six-furlong workouts on the synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. while covering the distance in 1:14.20. Wright flew home to Seattle to be with his wife and mother on Mother’s Day and said the reports from the track on the colt were all positive.
“My vet called me earlier this morning and said he jogged great,” Wright said. “My assistant said he ate up; he’s feeling good; and all systems are go. We’re coming.”
Anothertwistafate will be Wright’s first starter in a Triple Crown race. Wright, the son of retired jockey and trainer Richard Wright, has been training on his own since 2006. He operates stables at Golden Gate Fields and at Emerald Downs in his home state of Washington.
Owner Peter Redekop, a member of the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame, is a perennial leading owner at Hastings Race Course in Vancouver. He has had one previous starter in a Triple Crown, Cause to Believe, 13th in the 2006 Kentucky Derby, with partner Andrew Abruzzo.
Anothertwistafate won the El Camino Real Derby by seven lengths on Feb. 16 to earn an automatic berth in the Preakness, then was second by a neck to Cutting Humor in the Sunland Derby and second by 1 3/4 length to Owendale in the Lexington Stakes. He was 23rd in the Kentucky Derby points list while stabled at Churchill Downs, so Wright took him back to California to prepare for the Preakness.
Improbable, the anticipated Preakness favorite who was placed fourth from fifth in the Kentucky Derby, galloped a mile and visited the starting gate for a routine schooling session at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
Trainer Bob Baffert is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Sunday evening to oversee Monday’s training session. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said that training session could include a timed workout or simply picking up the pace of his gallop. Improbable will fly to Baltimore on Wednesday’s scheduled Tex Sutton flight.
Baffert will saddle Improbable Saturday in a quest to break a tie with R.W. Walden for most Preakness wins for a trainer. Walden saddled seven winners in 1875-1888. Baffert has scored Preakness victories with Justify (2018), American Pharoah (2015), both of whom went on the sweep the Triple Crown, Lookin At Lucky (2010), War Emblem (2002), Point Given (2001), Real Quiet (1998) and Silver Charm (1997).
War of Will
The Mark Casse-trained War of Will had another lively gallop under exercise rider Kim Carroll after the Churchill track opened at 5:30 a.m. Assistant trainer Allen Hardy said the Kentucky Derby seventh-place finisher, elevated from eighth, will get a day off of training on Monday and van to Pimlico.
Oaklawn Invitational winner Laughing Fox galloped at Churchill Sunday and will have the easy half-mile workout Monday, nine days after his win and standard for trainer Steve Asmussen horses the week of a race. Asmussen has saddled a pair of Preakness winners: Curlin (2007) and Rachel Alexandra (2009).
Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress, trying to become the first maiden to win the Preakness since 1888, will have the services of John Velazquez on Saturday. He galloped at Churchill Sunday and, if the track is in good shape Monday morning, “might be doing a little more,” said Gustavo Delgado Jr., who is the son of and assistant to his father. The elder Delgado is expected to arrive in Louisville Sunday. Bodexpress will be on a Tuesday Tex Sutton flight to Baltimore from Lexington, Ky.
Owendale, Warrior's Charge
The Brad Cox-trained Preakness duo had a scheduled walk day after Lexington winner Owendale worked five-eighths of a mile Saturday in a bullet 59.20 seconds and Oaklawn Park allowance winner Warrior’s Charge went the same distance in 1:00.80. Both horses are scheduled to fly from Louisville to Baltimore on Wednesday.
Also getting a day off from serious training was the Kenny McPeek-trained Signalman, the Blue Grass third-place finisher who recorded a half-mile in 47.60 seconds in company at Churchill Downs Saturday. Signalman will ship to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Win Win Win
Win Win Win, who finished 10th and was placed ninth in the Kentucky Derby, galloped 1 1/2 mile at Fair Hill Training Center on Sunday. The homebred son of Hat Trick will have routine gallops into the Preakness. Win Win Win is scheduled to ship to Pimlico Thursday.
“He won’t breeze because of the two-week turnaround,” trainer Michael Trombetta said.
Market King is headed to Baltimore for the Preakness, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday.
Market King, most recently 11th in the Blue Grass on April 6 at Keeneland, beatenb almost 40 lengths, is the 12th confirmed prospect. If all start, it will be the largest field since a full field of 14 went to the post in 2011.
Lukas recommended to the owners that they consider the Preakness after Market King posted two sharp five-furlong works in the past week, four days apart. The son of Into Mischief, purchased by Baker and Mack for $550,000 as a yearling, breezed in 1:00.20, the second-fastest of 27 at the distance at Churchill Downs, on May 7 and came back on May 11 with a 1:00.40 clocking, third-fastest of 31.
“He’s training excellent,” Lukas said.
Market King broke his maiden on Feb. 9 at Oaklawn in his first race around two turns. He was a close third in the Rebel, beaten by one length, in an optional claimer allowance on Feb. 24. He finished a non-threatening third behind Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby before being scratched from the race, and Game Winner.
Lukas, 83, has saddled a record 43 horses in the Preakness and has won the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown six times. In last year’s cloud-shrouded Preakness, the Lukas-trained Bravazo came within a half-length of upsetting eventual Triple Crown champion Justify while finishing second. The Hall of Fame trainer’s first Preakness starter, Codex, won in 1980. He was followed by Tank’s Prospect (1985), Tabasco Cat (1994), Timber Country (1995), Charismatic (1999) and Oxbow (2013).
Last year, Sporting Chance finished sixth in the Preakness for Lukas and owners Robert Baker and William Mack.
Other Preakness candidates include Alwaysmining, who is riding a six-race winning streak and worked yesterday at Fair Hill; and Bourbon War, fourth behind Maximum Security in the March 30 Florida Derby at Gulfstream in his most recent start.