Royal Mo breaks bone in hoof while preparing for Preakness


Neither pulled off the feat.

Always Dreaming did not quite fit our usual image of a Derby leading man.

The gathering at Pimlico on Saturday for the 142nd running of the Preakness will include a handful of 3-year-olds who did not run in the Derby, although none of them – with the possible exception of the young and innocent Cloud Computing – would have been taken seriously at Churchill Downs.

As of Monday, the betting favorites were Classic Empire and Always Dreaming. After starting the year without a victory, he’s won four in a row by a combined 23¼ lengths. He flew to Baltimore on Tuesday with Always Dreaming and Shirreffs felt good about his horse’s chances. None of the aforementioned colts who emerged from the Lexington or Illinois Derby ran in the Kentucky Derby.

“That’s kind of a trainer’s life”, Pletcher said.

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.

“In a race like the Derby, its so paramount to have a good position going into the first turn, ” Casse said. “All the indications since then have been great”.

Royal Mo just missed qualifying for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field, and would have been entered in the race if another horse had scratched.

“As they say, it was exactly what we were looking for”, Pletcher said with a smile while meeting the media for a brief, five-minute press conference on the Pimlico backstretch at 8 a.m. “It’s something I’d love to win”. We obviously feel very good about both of them.

2 Can Classic Empire regain his status at the top of this 3-year-old class? His best finish was third with Impeachment in 2000. I respect Always Dreaming very much, but believe that Classic Empire, inherently is the better of the two and will finally show it on Saturday.

In addition to Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, here are eight other probable Preakness starters with their primary credentials. I was hoping he had just overreached, but that wasn’t it. “Things get sorted out a little bit more here at the Preakness.”. Multiplier will be the third Illinois Derby victor to contest the Preakness in its four runnings since the points system was launched and will look to improve on Departing’s sixth in 2013 and Dynamic Impact’s seventh in 2014.

For those who aren’t horse racing aficionados, the Preakness Stakes is the shortest of the Triple Crown events at 1 3/16 mile. Several horses that skipped the Derby have the advantage of being rested, including Cloud Computing, Conquest Mo Money, Multiplier, Senior Investment and Term of Art. Lancaster Bomber, from the barn of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, finished fourth in the English 2000 Guineas on May 6, the same day as the Derby. “Even after the Derby, his attitude has changed a little bit”.

A longshot in the Derby (33-1), Lookin at Lee is getting a lot more respect heading into the Preakness after placing second at Churchill Downs. “Truthfully, I think he’s doing better than ever”, said Norman Casse, son and chief assistant to trainer Mark Casse. “Now hopefully we can get the job done in the Preakness”.

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

Stevens, who had taken a red-eye flight from Southern California Sunday morning to ride Royal Mo in his scheduled final serious preparation for the Preakness, said he heard a “pop” turning into the stretch while racing outside a workmate. He immediately jumped off and supported the colt’s leg until trainer John Shirreffs and a veterinarian arrived.

Later that morning, Royal Mo was vanned to the New Bolton Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned veterinary facility in nearby Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A groom combs Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming as he is cleaned at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 15, 2017.

“The one positive side is there wasn’t any other damage to that leg, he doesn’t have a condylar or any other ligaments that were injured, just the right sesamoid”, said Shirreffs, who also said Royal Mo was being transported to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania, the facility best known for treating 2006 Kentucky Derby victor Barbaro after he fractured a hind leg in the 2006 Preakness.

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