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Favorite Improbable arrived today for the Preakness.

Preakness Wednesday Photos

Date: 05/15/2019

Lots of the Preakness horses arrived at Pimlico on Wednesday afternoon, including morning line favorite Improbable. Three more arrive tomorrow: last minute entry Everfast from Kentucky and two more by van from Fair Hill. It was sunny most of the day with temperatures in the low 60's during training hours, but warmed up to the mid 70's in time for the post position draw held outdoors this afternoon.

Anothertwistafate finished second in the Sunland Derby and Lexington Stakes. The Blaine Wright trainee drew post 12 as the 6-1 third choice, and is in the race by winning the El Camino Real Derby, a "Win and You're In" for the Preakness. Wright said, "Because we knew we had a spot in the Preakness, when we saw we were on the outside looking in at the Kentucky Derby, we didn't wait around in Kentucky trying to get into the race. We went home to California and pointed toward the Preakness. I hope we do well Saturday and they keep the program going. It's a big thing for horsemen at a track like Golden Gate."
Bodexpress galloped once around on Wednesday after finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby. He drew post 9 as a 20-1 outsider. Trainer Gustavo Delgado said, “I think in his [first] five races, he had bad luck. He came to win three times. The (Derby) was very, very crazy. [Bodexpress] had bad luck. I think the horse ran a good race. Now, in the morning, he's been very good. The rider said he's happy all the time. Gulfstream's track is fast, very fast. This track seems like Gulfstream. Churchill Downs is a little deeper.”
Bourbon War was 4th in the Florida Derby, and skipped the Kentucky Derby for this spot. He arrived by van on Wednesday afternoon. Hennig said, "I guess we'll find out if the new shooters can be competitive with those horses that ran in the Derby. We have confidence in our horse based on his form in Florida, but he still has to reproduce that on the track.”
Improbable arrived on the first of 3 vans Wednesday. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “I’m fine with (post 4)." Elliott Walden of owner WinStar Farm added, “I feel like we’re favored by default this year. But this horse has a good resume. He ran very well in the Derby without hitting the board.”
Laughing Fox arrived this afternoon in the van immediately after Improbable. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, “He made it in in good shape. He's got a very good attitude and the weather couldn't be any nicer than it is right now, so hopefully we'll have a good week. Laughing Fox will go to the track in the morning when it's warm enough where we can give him a bath.”
Market King galloped once around. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, “It’s wide open and if we’re totally honest with ourselves, it lost a lot of pizzazz by not getting the Derby winner. Without him in here or even the top four as it turned out, it has developed a little bit of a vanilla atmosphere.”
Owendale won the Lexington last out and is a 10-1 morning line chance from post 5. He arrived this afternoon in the van immediately after Improbable, and is seen led off the van and into the stakes barn by trainer Brad Cox.
Signalman galloped Wednesday after arriving Tuesday from Churchill Downs. Owner Steve Crabtree said, “Signalman is actually my first horse. Well, my first horse got hurt. I'm off the charts lucky with Signalman. Coming into the Blue Grass Stakes and getting third is pretty exciting. I just always wanted to get into the horses. I got a yearling with Kenny (McPeek) in September, 2017, and he said, 'You really need to get a second horse, sell part of that one.' That was great advice. A month later, it was just one of those timing things that fell into place with Signalman.”
War of Will galloped 1 1/2 miles. Trainer Mark Casse said, “Unless something changes in the next few days, I think we’re going to be extremely tough. It’s an extremely tough grind under normal circumstances, and then unfortunately, with the weather, the Derby was probably a little harder."
Warrior's Charge arrived this afternoon in the van immediately after Improbable, led to the barn by Blake Cox, assistant to his father Brad. He was not nominated to the Triple Crown so the Brad Cox-trained stablemate of Owendale had to be supplemented in for $150,000.

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