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Preakness Wednesday Photos

Mine That Bird heads out of the barn for his gallop with trainer Bennie Woolley on the right.

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Date: 05/13/2009

It was sunny and cool this morning at Pimlico as the six Preakness horses on the grounds completed their planned morning activities. Three more (Rachel Alexandra, Pioneerof the Nile, and Terrain) are expected to arrive in Baltimore mid-afternoon aboard a flight that is scheduled to leave Louisville around 1pm, and I will post photos from that when they get here. The post position draw for the Preakness will also be this afternoon at 5pm and will be online later tonight.

Mine That Bird gallops at Pimlico on Wednesday morning. He arrived at the track on Tuesday at 6:44pm after leaving Churchill Downs at 9:06 in the morning. His trainer Bennie Woolley drove all the way in his Ford F-150 pulling the trailer. Woolley said, "I called a friend on the way and said it's the first time I've had the police leading me instead of chasing me." As for the horse, he traveled with no problems. Woolley said, "He was calm all the way; ate his feed, cleaned up good; drank all his water."

Left: Mine That Bird on his way out to the track for his gallop with his excercise rider and groom Charlie Figueroa aboard.

Right: Figueroa gives Mine That Bird a bath after the gallop.

Left: Big Drama was out again this morning for a gallop with excercise rider Celia Fawkes, his trainer's wife, aboard after working five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on Monday. His trainer David Fawkes said, "He came out of the work great. He galloped really well."

Right: Celia Fawkes holds him outside the stakes barn later in the morning.

Friesan Fire only walked the shedrow this morning after a bullet five-furlong work in 58 2/5 seconds under jockey Gabriel Saez yesterday. Trainer Larry Jones said, "All went well. He warmed up really good for it; he broke off very relaxed as far as not trying to send him away from there; but anytime you put the blinkers on him, he gets focused and wants to start rolling; he finished up well."

General Quarters also arrived at Pimlico yesterday afternoon and was out this morning for a gallop. 75-year-old owner/trainer/groom/hot walker Tom McCarthy led him to and from the track.

Papa Clem only walked the shedrow this morning after breezing five furlongs in a leisurely 1:05 yesterday. Trainer Gary Stute said, "I was hoping for a faster time, but I'm not worried about it. The track may have been a little slow if you look at the earlier works. All his workouts before the Derby were bad except for the last one. Coming back from the Derby in two weeks, I just mainly wanted him to get a feel for the track."

Flying Private arrived at Pimlico along with stablemate Luv Gov late Tuesday afternoon and trainer D. Wayne Lukas had them both out early on Wednesday morning for a gallop. He breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday morning in 48.20.

Luv Gov was the first Preakness horse out galloping this morning and grazed for quite a while behind the stakes barn afterwards. He will only be entered for the Preakness if there are less than 14 other horses. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "We're only entering if there is a hole open in the 14th gate. We are not trying to keep the filly from running. If she is excluded by Luv Gov, he will not run. Marylou Whitney, with her status in racing and what she has meant to the industry, has no interest in causing a controversy in the Preakness."
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