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Trainer D. Wayne Lukas (far right) with Market King who arrived today for the Preakness.

Preakness Tuesday Photos

Date: 05/14/2019

Three of the Preakness horses arrived at Pimlico on Tuesday afternoon, although things were delayed by a burst water main at the track. Several horses are scheduled to arrive tonight at 11pm from New York, four Wednesday afternoon by plane from Kentucky plus one by van from New York, including Improbable, and finally two more will arrive by van Thursday morning from Fair Hill. Weather today was cool, but it is supposed to warm up the rest of the week.

War of Will - walked once around the muddy main track under exercise rider Kim Carroll after arriving at Pimlico early this morning. Carroll said, "He was great. He was excited to go out there. He was all business. He has a lot of class and knows what his job is. He loves what he does. The only thing he didn't love was that I didn't gallop him. He had some superficial cuts between the track surface and what happened in the race. Other than that, he's great. He's ready. He's going to show us what he's got."
Market King - arrived after a 10 hour drive from Louisville with trainer D. Wayne Lukas in the truck. Lukas said, "I'm happy to be here and enjoy it more than anybody, but as far as getting sentimental about it, I've gotten past that. I probably never was sentimental about it. In 1980 (saddling first Preakness starter Codex), I sat on that bench wondering what all the hoopla was, and Codex won. I think (Market King) is really on his game but he needs to step forward."
Bodexpress - arrived on Tuesday afternoon after training at Churchill Downs on Monday. Trainer Gustavo Delgado said, "I feel good. We've got Johnny V. I'm happy with him. My son says he's been training well. We think in the Derby, with getting bumped and checked and everything, he could have run better than he did. I think a better result was possible, because he came back to the barn and he wasn't even tired."
Signalman - flew in from Louisville after galloping 1 1/2 miles at Churchill on Monday. Exercise rider Danny Ramsey said, "He's doing beautiful. He's training good; he's eating good. He's just got to run good now. We've got no excuse. He's doing extremely well. It's up to the jock now. We did our part."
The Budweiser Clydesdales are a tradition at the Preakness, parading along the outside rail between races close to the fans. They made their first appearance in 1933, and in 1950 the dalmatian joined the team as their "mascot". Last year they were at the track, but didn't get to make their usual parade due to all the rain and the muddy track condition.

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