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Trainer Bob Baffert leads Bodemeister around the stakes barn after he arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

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Date: 05/12/2012

Wednesday was "move in" day for five of the 11 Preakness entrants, as four came off the same flight from Kentucky that landed at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport at 2pm and arrived at the Pimlico stakes barn around 3:30pm, under escort by Baltimore City police on motorcycle. Also arriving around 2pm was Went the Day Well who came from the Fair Hill training center to stay in the Preakness Stakes barn. Three of the entrants were already on the grounds: I'll Have Another, Optimizer, and Zetterholm. The rest are stabled locally and will arrive on Saturday morning before the race.

Bodemeister jogged a mile over a fast track under exercise rider George Alvarez with assistant trainer Jim Barnes alongside on a pony Wednesday at Churchill Downs. He was then loaded on a van at 11 a.m. for the short ride to Louisville International Airport to board a Tex Sutton flight to Baltimore.

Creative Cause boarded a plane in Los Angeles at around 5am Pacific for the journey back East. The son of Giant's Causeway embarked on his third cross-country venture since last fall, when he went to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The flight made a stopover in Louisville to pick up the Churchill-based Preakness contingent before heading onto Baltimore for a van ride to Pimlico Race Course with an estimated arrival time of 3 p.m. "He's a good traveler," said 71-year-old trainer Mike Harrington, who will be saddling his first Preakness runner for owner Heinz Steinmann.

Left: Cozzetti jogged twice around early Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Romero Cordache. Trained by Dale Romans, who saddled Shackleford to win last year's Preakness, Cozzetti was scheduled to fly to Baltimore today.

Daddy Nose Best walked the shedrow at Barn 38 Wednesday morning and was scheduled to be shipped to Baltimore later in the morning. Bob Zollars said that he and trainer Steve Asmussen waited a week before deciding to try the colt in the Preakness. "We just determined that we felt like he had completely bounced back," Zollars said. "As much as you can make a determination of that, he appears to be ready to go. It's a short turnaround. I was concerned how well he would bounce back. We've done blood work on him and checked him out. He's very perky, so we think that he's ready to run again."

Went the Day Well galloped 1 1/2 miles on the Tapeta surface at Fair Hill Training Center Wednesday morning before his scheduled noon departure for Pimlico Race Course. Trainer Graham Motion had shipped Animal Kingdom to Pimlico on Preakness Day morning before his Kentucky Derby winner closed from far back to finish second behind Shackleford last year. He determined that Went the Day Well would benefit from arriving at Pimlico a few days before the Preakness. "It's all about letting him take it all in. He'll school in the gate and school in the paddock tomorrow," Motion said. "It's as much about getting him used to his surroundings as it is about getting him used to the track."
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