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Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming gets rambunctious

17 Mai 2017

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming came to a decaying track wedged into one of the most frayed neighborhoods in one of the country's most turbulent cities to relax.

Always Dreaming came through for them in a big way, beating 33-1 longshot Lookin At Lee by 2-3/4 lengths.

Royal Mo suffered a career-ending sesamoid fracture to his right front ankle on Sunday morning at Pimlico Race Course during a workout that was to be his last drill for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, trainer John Shirreffs said.

"I'm just very, very pleased with the way he's come out of the Derby and the way he looks at Pimlico", trainer Todd Pletcher said. "But we haven't really dwelled on it".

"Yesterday was a little different environment, [which] maybe had him a little fired up". I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that the track was ideal.

"Things can possibly work out a little fairer for a horse that lacks experience", trainer Chad Brown said.

Nick Bush is the lesser known man aboard Always Dreaming.

Classic Empire, the fourth-place Derby finisher, jogged and then impressed his exercise rider, Martin Rivera, with his strength and aggressiveness during a gallop. There ya go. I buried the lead. "This is probably the best he ever worked this year". "And we sure didn't change our minds because of the results of the Derby". He's more aggressive. He's more on the bridle. "If we have the opportunity and can get them up close, we will". Barely out of the gate, he had a meltdown, started bucking, and never really got started, much less finishing.

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A longshot in the Derby (33-1), Lookin at Lee is getting a lot more respect heading into the Preakness after placing second at Churchill Downs. The chestnut immediately made a striking impression while jogging with the pony upon entering the track and was clearly looking to do more during an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop. Velazquez is a Hall of Fame jockey with two wins each in the Derby and Belmont Stakes (but none in the Preakness).

Conquest Mo Money, awfully hard to miss with a matching lime green bridle, reins, shadow roll and leg wraps, also seemed to glide over the surface nicely beneath regular jockey Jorge Carreno.

For the sake of the race, for the welfare of the horses and people involved, and to prevent the damage an avoidable accident could do to racing's national image, I sincerely hope they realize the need to reduce the size of the Derby field for 2018.

"The plan was just to do two laps jogging, but today [trainer Miguel Hernandez] said, 'Let's gallop him a mile, '" Carreno said. The track had a good bottom. "Maybe I can win, maybe I run last, but I gave him the time to recover". "He's so calm. He doesn't get too excited about anything". The final declarations and draw will be completed on Wednesday evening.

"I have a new perspective on the draw, because we thought the 14 hole was flawless at Churchill and that ended up being a disaster", Norman Casse said of Classic Empire's eventful start in the Kentucky Derby.

As of Monday, the betting favorites were Classic Empire and Always Dreaming. I mean, we were elated with the 14 hole and it ended up being our undoing. "Not to say I'm not going to be disappointed if he draws the 14".

One thing that's nearly always true regarding the Preakness is that when the Pimlico starting gate flies open, there's the chance a Triple Crown victor is heading into thoroughbred history.

"I'd have been delighted to go to the Derby this year", said Clark, who was 78 at the time. "Sometimes you don't know - it depends on how the track is playing on a particular day - whether the inside is better, whether the outside is better, or if speed is better. As far as the post position in this field, I don't think it's almost as critical as the Derby".