Classic Empire ‘looked really awesome’ during workout for Preakness


It also makes sense that a 14-horse field breaking from a single starting gate can not possibly result in a weaker Derby field.

Exercise rider Nick Bush had to yank on Always Dreaming’s draw reins – the now-celebrated piece of equipment that gives a rider extra leverage – to calm the Derby champ down. “If you don’t, you do things you don’t want to do”. “So it gave me a little bit of a fright”. ESPN’s Darren Rovell took to Twitter the progress of Always Dreaming in the past two years. “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”.

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.

Preakness entry Royal Mo suffered a career-ending injury – a fractured sesamoid in his right-front leg – while training at Pimlico May 14.

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was aboard Royal Mo when he said he heard a pop while turning into the stretch. Royal Mo was to undergo surgery Monday at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In the past 30 years, only three horses who did not compete in the Derby have won the Preakness. “That was every morning at Churchill”. While going winless in all three of his Kentucky Derby preps, it’s not that Timber Country didn’t show up, he just had not yet shown that killer instinct he showed at the end of his two-year-old season. “I feel bad for John”.

At this moment, before Wednesday’s post position draw and the Baltimore weather forecast, the horse he probably has to fear the most is Classic Empire.

The Preakness will be televised on NBC, but you can also stream the race on NBC Sports Live and the NBC Sports app. He hasn’t faced a horse in Always Dreaming’s class and lost to Derby flops J Boys Echo (15th) and Irish War Cry (10th).

Senior Investment gallops about 1 1/2 miles at Pimlico on Wednesday.

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 both had really easy works”, Asmussen said. Illinois Derby winners Vision and Verse (1999) and Sweetnorthernsaint (2006) were second in the Belmont and Preakness, respectively; Musket Man (2009) was third in both the Derby and Preakness. Today was obviously his first day out here, and most of the time, in my opinion, horses come out and are looking around, and they aren’t so much on the bridle.

Just don’t be shocked if they don’t stack up.

A groom combs Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming as he is cleaned at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 15, 2017. Hence, a Calumet Farm homebred, could do no better than 11th after struggling over the sloppy track.

“I’ve tasted what it’s like to think we are going to win the Kentucky Derby”, said Corey Lanerie, who rides Lookin At Lee. “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”. I expected him to come out of it like he hadn’t exerted himself, and I think that that’s what he’s shown. He’s a very impressive individual and still training very well.

Let’s take a look at the schedule for Saturday’s race and preview the major storylines.

Classic Empire, as everyone knows, has had a very eventful spring. “All signs indicate he’s doing well coming into the race”.

Classic Empire’s troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby started in the first few strides out of the gate.

Gunnevera arrived at Pimlico on Saturday.

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