Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Bodexpress, who finished 14th and was placed 13th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to the track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning. Gustavo Delgado Jr., assistant and son of trainer Gustavo Delgado, looked on as the son of Bodemeister jogged two miles in the company of a pony.
Top Racing LLC, GlobalThoroughbred and GDS Racing Stable's Bodexpress stalked the pace Saturday while racing three-wide before being steadied in traffic approaching the turn into the homestretch after front-running Maximum Security drifted out suddenly.
“He was one of the affected ones,” Delgado Jr. said. “We think he could have hit the board if it wasn't for that, the way he was developing. The most important thing is that the horse came back in good shape and is doing well.”
The final Preakness decision is “day by day.”
“I've got to wait for Pops to get here to see his horse,” Delgado Jr. said. “He'll make the decision. But the owners would like to run.”
Bodexpress is winless in six career starts but has finished second three times, including his Florida Derby effort in which he chased front-running winner Maximum Security throughout the 1 1/8-mile Triple Crown prep.
Preakness Notes: Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's Laughing Fox, winner of Saturday's Oaklawn Invitational that earned the Steve Asmussen-trained colt an entry-fees paid berth in the Preakness, arrived at Churchill Downs from Arkansas Monday and returned to the track for training Wednesday.
Also galloping at Churchill were Preakness prospects Owendale and Signalman, who finished first and third, respectively, in the April 13 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
Kenny McPeek, trainer of Signalman, said Tuesday's news that adjudged Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not run in the Preakness did not change things.
“Not really,” he said. “It was going to be a tough race either way. I mean, there are some good horses coming back in there. The ones that skipped the Derby are nice horses, as well. It's not going to be a giveaway at all.”
Other Preakness prospects include: Improbable, fifth-placed-fourth in the Kentucky Derby; Bourbon War, the Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up and Florida Derby fourth-place finisher whose trainer Mark Hennig reported Wednesday that Irad Ortiz Jr. has accepted the mount; Alwaysmining, who extended his winning streak to six races in the Federico Tesio at Laurel Park on April 20; and Anothertwistafate, runner-up in the Lexington and the Sunland Derby (G3) in his last two races.
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