Preakness Field: Improbable ‘Came Out Good,’ Signalman Bled

by | 05.19.2019 | 1:29pm
War of Will (War Front) hits the line first ahead of Everfast in the 144th Preakness Stakes

The top four finishers in the 144th Preakness all exited the race in good condition, and the top three are expected to carry on to next month's Belmont Stakes.

Meanwhile, fourth-place finisher Warrior's Charge is not under consideration for the Test of the Champion due to potential distance limitations, according to trainer Brad Cox. The colt will return to Churchill while his next options are considered.

Laughing Fox finished fifth for trainer Steve Asmussen. Jockey Ricardo Santana was overall pleased with the colt's effort.

“He didn't handle the track very well at the start,” Santana said. “He gave it a nice run in the end. I just wish he handled the track better at the start, but he showed he can run with these kind of horses. I was happy he finished strong.” 

Improbable, sixth as the 5-2 favorite, is also headed back to Churchill Downs after the Preakness. Though Improbable acted up a bit in the starting gate, Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes said the colt did not have any issues following the race.

“There's nothing to report. He came out good,” Barnes said Sunday morning.

Similar to his performance in the Derby, Improbable had some traffic issues in the Preakness.

“They went just a bit quicker than him up front,” Barnes said. “We were once again behind horses. We'll regroup.”

Finishing in seventh was Win Win Win, trained by Mike Trombetta.

“I thought he ran OK.” Trombetta said. “We would have all loved to have done a little better but he was in it for a fight and I can't get mad at him. He gave it a good effort.”

Bourbon War tried blinkers for the first time in the Preakness, and despite looking strong on the track all week was unable to finish better than eighth on Saturday.

“He looked like he was in the bridle early and I was really happy,” said trainer Mark Hennig. “When he went outside into the clear, he dropped the bridle and then picked it up again.”

Signalman was ninth, and while jockey Brian Hernandez and trainer Ken McPeek were initially a bit confused by his performance, McPeek later reported on Twitter that the colt had suffered an episode of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage during the Preakness.

The bleed was rated a four out of five, according to McPeek, so the Belmont Stakes is off the table. Instead, Signalman will regroup and aim for Saratoga's G1 Travers.

Anothertwistafate came out of his 10th-place finish in Saturday's Preakness well, trainer Blaine Wright said Sunday. The son of Scat Daddy, who earned an automatic entry into the Preakness with a victory in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, will be shipped back to California Wednesday.

Anothertwistafate, who was Wright's first Triple Crown runner. attended the pace set by Warrior's Charge, before weakening and dropping back in the stretch under Jose Ortiz.

“We got put in the race, which was what we wanted. No excuses,” Wright said. “He was there at the top of the lane and didn't sustain the drive.”

Wright said Anothertwistafate cooled out well, scoped clean and looked good to him. He will return to Wright's barn at Golden Gate Fields, but the trainer said he has no races in the immediate future.

“He's been going a long time. He's probably been in training probably more than a year, so maybe it's time for a break for him,” Wright said. “We'll just get back and see what our options are. There is a level for him somewhere. We've just got to figure it out.”

Alwaysmining and his local connections were disappointed to finish 11th on the big day, but trainer Kelly Rubley reported on Twitter Sunday that the colt exited the race “safe and sound.”

Market King, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, finished 12th under Jon Court.

“I think my horse wants to run a mile,” Lukas said after the race. “I don't think he wants this distance. We need to find that out, though. He ran well for a mile. Some of them are adapted to a different distance and we found that out.”

Meanwhile, Bodexpress was reported to be moving well after outriders finally caught up to him. The temperamental colt deposited jockey John Velazquez in the dirt at the start of the Preakness, and raced around the course with the field before completing an additional lap of Pimlico.

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