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I'll Have Another circles before heading out to the track on Thursday morning.

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Date: 05/12/2012

Thursday was first day at Pimlico for several of the Preakness horses and most took advantage of it to get the feel of the track and stretch their legs. Everyone came out except Creative Cause who just walked the shedrow. The weather was much cooler than Wednesday, in the upper 60's, with clear skies and bright sun. Later in the morning, all the connections and media enjoyed the traditional Alibi Breakfast in the clubhouse.

Lava Man, winner of 17 races and over $5.5 million, is enjoying his retirement as a stable pony for trainer Doug O'Neill. He was getting a lot of attention from fans, many of whom wanted their photo taken with him.

Bodemeister made his first visit to the main track at Pimlico Thursday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider George Alvarez after the renovation break. "He was not looking around. He was all business out there," Alvarez said of the colt who was shipped to Pimlico on Wednesday from Churchill Downs.

Cozzetti went out after the renovation break and galloped 1 miles under exercise rider Mary Doser Thursday morning at Pimlico Race Course. The gray colt flew in from Louisville on Wednesday. "He's doing good; he ate everything last night," said Doser, who is acting as assistant trainer until Dale Romans arrives Thursday night. "He tried to bite everybody, so I guess he's all right."

Daddy Nose Best went out for a gallop early Thursday morning. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi said Daddy Nose Best will gallop and school in the gate on Friday morning.

I'll Have Another had a typical morning at Pimlico. Trainer Doug O'Neill said, "He jogged about a half-mile straight off and then got into a seven-furlong gallop and finished up great. We're very happy with his energy and the way he's training on a daily basis."

Optimizer went out for a "restrained gallop" of about 1 1/2 miles on Thursday morning at Pimlico. Had certain circumstances been different, trainer D. Wayne Lukas admitted he might have chosen to run Optimizer in Saturday's James W. Murphy Stakes instead of the Preakness Stakes. "I'm not so sure if the grass race here had been a mile-and-an-eighth race, I wouldn't have run him on the grass here and taken a soft approach and tried to win the Belmont," Lukas said. "But because it's a mile, I don't think he could get up here."

Went the Day Well galloped a mile, stood in the starting gate and galloped another mile at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning. Trainer Graham Motion, who shipped Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to Pimlico last year on the morning of the Preakness, has opted to ship in Went the Day Well from Fair Hill Training Center a few days before Saturday's Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. "I thought the track was a little deeper," said Motion, who sent Went the Day Well to Pimlico on Wednesday. "I never saw a horse come back with so much dirt in his face."

Zetterholm galloped under exercise rider Mario Madrid Thursday morning after the renovation break. "He did really well," said assistant trainer Blake Dutrow, 20, who is handling Zetterholm for his uncle, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. "The track is a little better, so we let him do a little more. He handled the track very well. He got a little more out of his gallop today and seems a little more tired. That's OK."
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