As we edge closer to the first Saturday in October (that feels like an odd thing to say), the Preakness field is starting to take shape. The Derby winner, AUTHENTIC
, put in a nice bullet work on September 19th going 5 furlongs in :59.20 at Churchill. Stablemate THOUSAND WORDS
worked as well going 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. Both are ready for the trip to Maryland. MR. BIG NEWS
is one to watch according to owner, Chester Thomas, "If our horse is doing good, we're going to win the Preakness." The gelding last worked at Churchill September 18th, going 4 furlongs in :48.80.
ART COLLECTOR is back on the track after being sidelined out of the Derby for a minor foot issue. Based on his most recent work, he could be a challenge for AUTHENTIC. The colt also worked a fast 5 furlongs going :59.40. The second-fastest of the day behind the Derby winner. ART COLLECTOR will be trainer Thomas Drury's first Preakness starter. So what about the Belmont winner TIZ THE LAW? As of now, no decision had been made as of September 9th and he has not officially worked since before the Derby. One would assume that a start in the Preakness is not in his future, but it is still possible.
Todd Pletcher said no decision would be made until the week of the race for HAPPY SAVER or DR POST. Trainer Mike Stidham has also not made a decision regarding N.Y. TRAFFIC.
Jim Dandy (G2) winner MYSTIC GUIDE is another probable as is JESUS' TEAM, who placed third in the Jim Dandy and fourth in the Haskell.
HONOR A. P. was retired to Lane's End after finishing fourth in the Derby and injuring himself. He now resides in his grandfather's stall, A. P. INDY and alongside his sire, HONOR CODE.
Stay tuned as we get closer to Preakness Day and the other 16 stakes races on the card for October 3rd!
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