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Preakness Wednesday Photos

Trainer Todd Pletcher leads Super Saver off the van on Wednesday afternoon.

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Date: 05/12/2010

Wednesday was "move in" day for nine of the 12 Preakness entrants, as they all came off the same flight from Kentucky that landed at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport at 1:30pm and arrived at the Pimlico stakes barn around 3pm, under escort by Baltimore City police on motorcycle.

Lookin at Lucky was the first Preakness horse off the van, arriving at the stakes barn two hours before drawing the 7 post. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "He looks good. He’s happy. I wish I felt that good." New jockey Martin Garcia gets the call on Saturday aboard the Derby beaten favorite and 6th place finisher.

Super Saver was led off the horse van by trainer Todd Pletcher and into Stall 40, the traditional Pimlico home for the Derby winner. Pletcher said, "It was one of those trips that went perfectly. Everything loaded on time and the flight was on time. His enthusiasm is good, and his energy is good. So far, that phase of it went well."

Left: Caracortado, the only Cal-bred in the Preakness field, had never been on a plane prior to flying across the country. Trainer Mike Machowsky said, "I bought (his dam) as a yearling with a couple of partners. She never made it to the races, and they didn’t want to be in the breeding business. She always showed me a bunch of ability training, but I couldn’t get her to the races. So, I took a shot at breeding her." Paul Atkinson, who has ridden the colt in all 7 of his starts, will be in the irons again.

Paddy O'Prado finished third in the Kentucky Derby last out for trainer Dale Romans. Regular rider Kent Desormeaux retains the mount on Saturday.

Jackson Bend breezed 1/2 a mile on Monday at Churchill Downs, then galloped on Wednesday morning before departing for Baltimore. Mike Smith, who rode him to a 12th place finish in the Derby, will be aboard again on Saturday, his first Preakness mount for trainer Nick Zito.

Aikenite accompanied stablemate Super Saver into the stakes barn, walked the shedrow for a few minutes and then was given a bath. New jockey Javier Castellano will be in the irons for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Yawanna Twist is the only New York bred in the field. Jim Riccio, managing partner of ownership group Steel Your Face Stables said, “I think his last two races were pretty good. I think his Gotham was probably stronger than the Illinois Derby. If he improves some, and he’s doing well, what makes us think that he can’t improve? With some improvement, he could be live in the race.” Edgar Prado, who rode him in his last 2 starts , will ride on Saturday for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

Pleasant Prince galloped at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning before flying to Baltimore. Owner Ken Ramsey said, “We’re both Kentuckians, so (the Derby is) the one we’ve always wanted. But we’d be more than happy to take this one, too.” Regular rider Julien Leparoux gets the call on Saturday aboard trainer Wesley Ward's first Preakness entrant.

First Dude arrived at the stakes barn with stablemate Paddy O'Prado. Dale Romans said of his pair, “They galloped this morning (at Churchill Downs) and everything is good with them.”
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