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Preakness Thursday Photos

Date: 05/14/2015

Thursday was the first day at Pimlico for five of the Preakness horses and all six who were there went out to the track to stretch their legs. Most just jogged a lap or two around the track and then jogged back to the gap. The weather was a bit cool but sunny and it warmed up after the sun got up a bit. After workouts were finished, all the connections and media enjoyed the traditional Alibi Breakfast in the clubhouse.

Wednesday Preakness Photos - Five of the Preakness horses arrived today on a flight from Kentucky, including American Pharoah. Get photos and comments for them and Mr. Z who was already there.
2015 Preakness Entries - A field of 8 was entered on Wednesday with Derby winner American Pharoah the 4-5 favorite drawing post 2. Check out the horses with post positions, morning line odds, and free past performances here.
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Preakness Weather Forecasts - Friday is looking good, but Saturday has a chance of rain.

American Pharoah galloped in company with stablemate Dortmund. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "He just floats over the track. He looked very eager. There is no regressing there. (At the Derby) when (Espinoza) pushed the button he was stuck a little bit. It had me a little bit concerned coming to the quarter-pole. I thought maybe he wasn't running, he was struggling a little bit, and still wasn't really responding. He didn't look like a tired horse. I don't know if it was the crowd noise or what. A lot of it was that Firing Line was really running hard."
Firing Line looked good in his gallop this morning. Trainer Simon Callaghan said, "I like the way our horse is training. Everything's gone perfectly. I think that the race being a 1/16th of a mile shorter could potentially help us. We've got a good post and they have probably a tougher post, so I think there are a few factors that can help us turn the tables."
Dortmund was undefeated going in to the Kentucky Derby and trainer Bob Baffert said, "He deserves another chance. He ran his race. It's a little shorter; he might like that. In my barn, everyone gets and equal fair shot. Kaleem told me, 'If you think he's going to run well, run him.' He left it up to me, so it's actually my call. It's hard to really gauge the Derby. A lot of horses were struggling that day. I don't really think Dortmund brought his A-game. We didn't like the draw. I just hate to see them next to each other like that. It's something that you can't change, so you just deal with it. I didn't lose any sleep over it."
Danzig Moon was the last Preakness horse to go out, galloping 1 1/2 miles under assistant trainer Norm Casse. "I actually think he'll like this track a little more than Churchill," Casse said after returning to the Preakness Stakes Barn. "Churchill is its own track, but I actually think he'll like deeper race tracks tracks like here, tracks like Saratoga. He really likes Palm Meadows and (Pimlico) is very similar. I think we haven't seen his best race yet." Norm's father, trainer Mark Casse arrives Thursday evening from Woodbine.
Mr. Z galloped once around under exercise rider Edvin Vargas (accompanied by trainer D. Wayne Lukas aboard a pony) after schooling in the indoor paddock. Lukas said, "Oxbow was a lot more aggressive than this horse. He liked to have things his own way. This horse is a little more manageable. He never got a chance to run in the Derby. He is coming into the race beautifully, the same way Oxbow did."
Tale of Verve galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Kortez Walker. "We are good to go," trainer Dallas Stewart said. "He picked it up the last time through the stretch and Kortez said he didn't want to stop. He has trained on off tracks, but whether he will run hard on it is another thing."

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