Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 in company with the 3-year-old maiden War Union at Keeneland Sunday morning. Trainer Brendan Walsh was aboard Multiplier through eighth-mile splits of 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 36 1/5 and 48 2/5 while on the inside of the workmate, galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 3/5.
Walsh also was aboard Xpressbet Pimlico Special (G3) contender Conquest Windycity, who worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 and galloped out in 1:14 1/5 by himself.
“I'm very, very happy with both of them,” Walsh said. “Both worked really well, so both should be spot on for the weekend. That was very good for Multiplier. He doesn't do anything that he's not asked. That was as good a work as he can do. He's never going to be spectacular in the morning. You're never going to think, 'Wow!' But he showed good energy. I didn't have to be super hard on him, which sometimes you have to really get after him.”
After defeating Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby, Multiplier was sold to the partnership of Gary Barber, Adam Wachtel and George Kerr. He will race in Barber's silks.
“They just came after him and got a deal together,” Walsh said. “Thankfully I got to keep him, so it was great.”
Multiplier is a son of the speedy The Factor and out of a mare by the speedy Trippi but he has raced only around two turns and is a late runner. The $62,000 weanling purchase at Keeneland's 2014 November sale did not race at 2, earning his first victory March 18 on his third attempt at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He won Hawthorne Race Course's April 22 Illinois Derby in his next start.
“Everybody says on his (handicapping) numbers that he fits,” Walsh said of the Preakness. “I think he's entitled to take a chance. If he had broken his maiden two or three weeks earlier, we probably would have run him in some of the Derby trials. This morning when he worked, he kind of showed me he's a fresh horse and ready to go again.
“I don't think we're going to see the best of him for maybe another two or three runs, because he's so laid back,” he added. “I think that's why he made such a gradual climb on his numbers every race he's run. Because he's coming along, coming along. It's not something you can force with him. You have to let him do it himself.”
Multiplier and Conquest Windycity will jog Monday and gallop Tuesday at Keeneland before vanning overnight to Pimlico, where they will have a walk day Wednesday, Walsh said.
Fern Circle Stables' Senior Investment. the late-running winner of Keeneland's Lexington (G3) in his last start, started off slow but came home flying to cover five-eighths of a mile in 1:02 in a Sunday workout. The Keeneland clockers caught the six-furlong gallop out in 1:14. The Kenny McPeek-trained Senior Investment, with jockey Channing Hill aboard, worked in company with Brazilian Grade 1 winner Some In Tieme, going the first eighth-mile in 13 seconds, the quarter-mile in 25 2/5 and the half-mile in 49 4/5, before going his next eighth in 12 1/5 seconds.
“He was waiting on the other horse, I think, and they dawdled a little bit the first three-eighths, but they came home well,” McPeek said. “That's all he needed. He's plenty fit…. Some In Tieme is no bad horse, and he pretty much dusted him.
“Look, our horse is ready to go. Is he good enough? Is the pace going to set up for him? I mean, how do they all draw? But he deserves a chance, and I think he'll relish the mile and three-sixteenths, and he's improving,” he added. “It just seems like he's better and better every day. He's like a copper penny (coat-wise) right now.”
It will be Hill's first Preakness mount.
Trainer Doug O'Neill said Sunday that Term of Art came out of his Saturday work at Santa Anita in “excellent shape” and had an easy go of it on Mother's Day while walking the shedrow.
“He's doing well,” O'Neill said. “We know he's an outsider, but I really, truly believe with the blinkers back on he's got the talent to do it. We're pretty convinced he needs them to get the best out of him.”
Owned by eight-time Preakness-winning stable Calumet Farm, the son of Tiznow worked six furlongs in 1:13 and change on a track that O'Neill said was “pretty slow.” O'Neill called the work “sensational.”
The colt, whose last start was a disappointing seventh in the Santa Anita Derby, will ship to Pimlico on Tuesday with his trainer coming in on Friday.
John C. Oxley's Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher jogged a mile and galloped a mile at Churchill Downs Sunday morning. The Mark Casse-trained Classic Empire is scheduled to van to Pimlico Sunday afternoon.
Trainer Chad Brown reported that everything was “all good” with Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing Sunday morning.
The son of Maclean's Music breezed four furlongs in 48 4/5 seconds over the training track at Belmont Park Saturday morning.
Cloud Computing, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct in his most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Pimlico Tuesday.
Judge Lanier Racing's Conquest Mo Money, the Arkansas Derby (G1) runner-up who has been supplemented to the Preakness, is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Sunday after vanning from Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa with a stop at Churchill Downs.
Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera walked the Preakness Stakes Barn shedrow Sunday morning after arriving by van from Churchill Downs Saturday afternoon.
“He is sharp and knocking the tub out,” said Larry Kelly, a former trainer who serves as an advisor to Gunnevera's trainer Antonio Sano, who is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore Sunday afternoon. “He walked today and will go to the track tomorrow.”
L and N Racing's Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee, and Hence, who finished 11th in the Derby for Calumet Farm, galloped at Churchill Downs Sunday morning. Both Steve Asmussen trainees are scheduled for easy half-mile workouts Monday, before flying to Baltimore Tuesday.
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