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Trainer Michael Trombetta confirmed Friday that Live Oak Plantation's homebred Win Win Win is headed to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18 at Pimlico.
Win Win Win finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and was moved to ninth by the disqualification of Maximum Security. Trombetta said the Hat Trick colt had come out of the Derby in fine shape, but wanted to observe him for several days before committing to the Preakness.
“He seems pretty darn good,” Trombetta said Friday at Fair Hill Training Center at Elkton, Md.
Win Win Win won the Pasco Stakes by 7¼ lengths in track-record time at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 19, was third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on March 9 and earned a berth in the Kentucky Derby with a second-place finish to Vekoma in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) on April 6.
Trombetta said that jockey Julian Pimentel, who was up for the Derby and has ridden the colt in five of his seven starts, will be aboard again for the Preakness.
Probable Preakness favorite Improbable, the Arkansas Derby runner-up who finished fifth in the Derby but was placed fourth upon first-place finisher Maximum Security's disqualification, galloped 1 ½ miles Friday at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Humberto Gomez. Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer to seven-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert, called Improbable “very fresh, very happy.”
Trainer Brad Cox's Preakness contenders Owendale and Warrior's Charge galloped 1 3/8 miles Friday and are scheduled to work shortly after the track opens at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Owendale, winner of Keeneland's Lexington Stakes (G3), is ridden in the mornings by Mario Garcia, while Oaklawn allowance winner Warrior's Charge's exercise rider is Edvin Hernandez.
War of Will, who finished eighth and was placed seventh upon the disqualification of Maximum Security in the Derby, had an energetic 1 ½-mile gallop under exercise rider Kim Carroll Friday.
Asked to comment on how War of Will felt, Carroll said, “Can I jump up and down? Like a zillion dollars. He felt great.”
Signalman, third in the Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland, galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Danny Ramsey Friday. Trainer Kenny McPeek said that the General Quarters colt will work five-eighths of a mile at 7:30 a.m. Saturday under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.
Bodexpress, second in the Florida Derby (G1) behind Maximum Security, galloped 1 ¾ miles under Omar Ortiz. Trainer Gustavo Delgado was scheduled to travel to Louisville on Friday and be at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
Other Preakness candidates include: Bourbon War, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.67 at Belmont Thursday; and Anothertwistafate, runner-up in the Lexington and the Sunland Derby (G3) in his last two races.
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