Derby Winner Always Dreaming Gallops Smoothly for Preakness


That worked well for six days, but on the seventh Always Dreaming released some energy moments after he stepped onto the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Nick Bush up. Can any of them threaten Derby victor Always Dreaming is the question. "But he got right back on his feet and after that, it was a very smooth, energetic and good gallop. Obviously, you don't want any stumbles at this stage of the game, so it gave me a little bit of a fright". Since 2010, he has run 20 horses in the Derby and the victorious Always Dreaming will be the first to run back in Baltimore.

"I'm so happy", Sano said. "He started off with a few bucks and stuff, and I was like, 'Whoa, whoa, ' but he put his head back down and relaxed, so that was good".

At the Derby, Todd Pletcher, trainer of Always Dreaming, conceded that “the start of the race compromised a number of horses.”.

That said, when jockey John Velazquez asked him to go, he easily left Irish War Cry and Battle of Midway behind.

Always Dreaming has shown to be a steady horse with an uncanny determination to win, a ideal vehicle that has showcased the talents of his jockey John Velazquez and his trainer Todd Pletcher. Quick action by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who was aboard for the work, is credited with preventing more serious injury. Royal Mo's leg was placed in a boot and he was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

Although Royal Mo's racing career is finished, there's an optimistic prognosis for recovery and a further career standing at stud. Pletcher has won the Eclipse Award as Trainer of the Year seven times and has two wins each in the Derby and Belmont (but none in the Preakness). We'll just sit around and worry about the forecast and go from there.

Some bad luck was enough to throw him out of Triple Crown contention, but he's still one to watch.

Stevens was working Royal Mo five furlongs in company when the incident happened near the quarter pole on an off track.

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Post positions will be drawn Wednesday.

The Preakness will be televised on NBC, but you can also stream the race on NBC Sports Live and the NBC Sports app.

Trained by Mark Casse, Classic Empire finished fourth after a poor start at Churchill Downs and his right eye was three-quarters closed the next day due to inflammation.

Classic Empire, off of his troubled fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, jogged one mile and galloped one mile under regular exercise rider Martin Rivera.

About an hour later, Lookin At Lee went in 51.20 after splits of 13 and 25.80, with a gallop-out time of 1:04.80. "They came out of the Derby in good shape". I just wanted them to turn off, not to be overly aggressive and to be relaxed. "Hopefully we get a cleaner trip at Pimlico". Hence, a Calumet Farm homebred, could do no better than 11th after struggling over the sloppy track. And his effort did speak to the same toughness he showed in rallying to win the Arkansas Derby. I would even go so far to say that in his last four starts, going from maiden victor to Kentucky Derby victor, in many ways, is similar to the meteoric rise that Arrogate has enjoyed in his last four starts, albeit not to quite to those heights. "First time by, watching from the grandstand, he was kind of jumping up and down, I believe from all the kickback from the off racetrack. He's a very impressive individual, and he's still training really well". Both are scheduled to arrive at Pimlico on Tuesday.

"Hence didn't really run his race in the Derby".

Only about 18% of the winners in the history of the race have taken them flag fall to that's all so don't quickly buy into the myth about the sharp turns and the Baltimore highway.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the low 90s here Wednesday and Thursday, but the forecast for Saturday calls for temperatures in the mid-70s, with a 20 percent chance of rain.