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The Preakness winner's circle at Pimlico on Wednesday afternoon after they finished decorating it with flowers.
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Preakness Wednesday Photos

Date: 05/13/2015

Wednesday was "move in" day for five of the eight Preakness entrants, who all came off the same flight from Kentucky that landed at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport shortly after 1pm and arrived at the Pimlico stakes barn a bit after 2pm. Mr. Z was already at Pimlico and the rest are at Laurel, scheduled to arrive Thursday at Pimlico.

Mr. Z in his stall at Pimlico on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas wanted him to run in the Preakness so badly that he talked owner Ahmed Zayat into selling the horse to Calumet Farm so he could race in their colors. Lukas said, "I don't know that I pushed the sale. The sale just came through conversation and dialogue. Mr. Z is a pretty well-bred horse. He might be the best bred horse in the Preakness if you look at it real critically. Brad (Kelley, owner of Calumet) flat asked me, 'Would you run him,' and I said if I owned him, I'd run him."
 
American Pharoah is led off the van by his trainer Bob Baffert. Later he posed for us while walking the shedrow. He is a huge ham and will stop and pose if he hears cameras going off. Baffert said of the inside post, "I don't like the inside. I never like the one-hole. Sometimes they don't break as well. He's drawn the one-hole before at Santa Anita. When I was watching the draw and all these numbers were coming up, I go, 'This is not looking good.' It's the luck of draw. We're there. I don't love it, but they'll be easy to watch."
Dortmund came off the van second, right behind American Pharoah, and drew post 2, just outside his heavily favored stablemate. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "I can't believe I drew the 1-2 of all draws. I'm just glad I didn't draw that for the Derby. Sometimes you have got to give a little. It's a short field, eight horses."
Firing Line is led off the third van of the afternoon by his trainer Simon Callaghan. Callaghan said, "Everything seems to have gone perfectly between the Derby and now. He seems to have really good energy. He's seems very happy. He's showing all the signs you want to see going into a big race. We didn't want to breeze him between the two races. He's feeling really good and has had lots of energy, so we decided to give him slightly more open gallops just to keep him calm, so he's not too fresh with not doing any breezes in two weeks."
Danzig Moon came in on the second van of the afternoon, after galloping at Churchill Downs this morning. Trainer Mark Casse said, "He got knocked around pretty good in the Derby, but he's a fighter. You always like smaller fields; there's less horses you have to beat. Normally there's less traffic in the Preakness, so we're looking forward to a little smaller field. I thought it was a great post (4). We know they're all going to outrun us, so hopefully we can tuck in. Hopefully the rail's good and we can come with a good run"
Tale of Verve was on the same van as Danzig Moon. Trainer Dallas Stewart said, "He is fit and fresh, and we are excited to see what we have. (Joel) Rosario will ride. He was on him when he broke his maiden. My post position (5) is fine. We're in the middle and he's a come-from-behind horse."

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