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Favorite Improbable heads out to the track for the first time Thursday morning.

Preakness Thursday Photos

Date: 05/16/2019

All but 3 of the Preakness horses were on the grounds at Pimlico on Thursday morning, and they all came out for a gallop. Three more were scheduled to arrive Thursday morning by the noon deadline, but we only saw two of them show up from Fair Hill: Always Mining and Win Win Win. It was chilly and rained fairly heavy early, but around 8am it cleared up, the sun came out, and it got warm. Only Improbable, Bodexpress, and War of Will came out in the sunshine.

Alwaysmining, who arrived at Pimlico today, represents the state of Maryland in its signature race. Trainer Kelly Rubley, looking to become the first female trainer to win the Preakness said, "I think it's more about the horse than the fact that I'm a woman trainer. The horse brought me here, and I'm very proud of him."
Anothertwistafate galloped on Thursday. Trainer Blaine Wright said, “The biggest thing for us, we came here to represent Golden Gate and the Stronach company who put that one on and everybody’s pulling for us back home. “I didn’t think we wanted to be in the outside post as an also eligible (in the Derby) and pay that kind of money to ruin our two-week run back to come to the race that’s paid into us. That was big in our decision process.”
Bodexpress went out on Thursday morning. “He was one of the affected ones (of the interference,” said Gustavo Delgado Jr, assistant to his father Gustavo Sr. “We think he could have hit the board if it wasn’t for that, the way he was developing. The most important thing is that the horse came back in good shape and is doing well.”
Bourbon War galloped twice around. "I thought he had a great morning," said trainer Mark Hennig. "We caught a little bit of rain, but he looked super to me. He got over the track well. The rider said he was really relaxed. I thought the track was really nice. I liked the way they traveled. We have no intention of trying to be part of the pace. I don’t think anybody has got that in mind."
Improbable left the stakes barn at 8:30am for his gallop, one of the last of the session, under the supervision of Bob Baffert's main assistant Jimmy Barnes. Elliott Walden of owner WinStar Farm said, "He looked happy and just floated over the track. He's full of energy, which is what you want to see in a horse coming out of that tough race last time."
Laughing Fox galloped once around. He is here off a win in the Oaklawn Invitational, which is one of the new "Win and You're In" races for the Preakness. Ricardo Santana Jr. gets the call for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Market King galloped on Thursday. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "I don't think the post position matters a lot because he's a very good gate horse. I don't think he's the fastest but he'll be close. By the time they get to the clubhouse turn, he should be placed somewhere where we're comfortable."
Owendale galloped once around. Trainer Brad Cox said Owendale is a "big, tall, leggy horse. I've seen a lot of the other Preakness horses here this morning, and he looks to be as big, if not bigger, then all of them. There's a lot of him. Both horses went out early, and both horses got over the track well"
Signalman galloped 1 1/2 miles on Thursday. He is here off a 3rd place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes after finishing 7th in the Fountain of Youth. Brian Hernandez Jr. rides for trainer Ken McPeek.
War of Will galloped once around. Trainer Mark Casse said, "He's a tough horse. His energy level's very good, he's moving well. And that's what we're looking for. I had said all along that if I didn't see that, he wouldn't run. Right now, all systems are go. He just skips along. He doesn't get tired. He has extremely quick turn of foot when you ask for it."
Warrior's Charge galloped on the main track. Owner Marshall Graham said, “Our horse is just as fast as anyone going. We thought (the $150,000 supplement) was worth the risk. (In February) the Triple Crown was the furthest thing from our minds. You go back to the idea of gamblers gamble. So we just thought the gamble was worth it in terms of the purse and the potential increase in the stud value of the horse, and the opportunity that existed." Trainer Brad Cox added, "We're just galloping, not doing any speed work, and they both got over the track just fine."
Win Win Win, who also represents Maryland, arrived today from Fair Hill. Trainer Mike Trombetta said, “I was disappointed (9th in the Derby) but (jockey Julian Pimentel) was of the opinion that he just wasn’t fond of the surface that particular day. He said he just didn’t seem quite like himself on it. So that’s all that I’ve got to go off of. I’m just hoping that at Pimlico, we have a fair, dry track for everyone.”

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