Preakness Stakes Contender News & Notes: May 12, 2017
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming after watching the colt gallop once around Pimlico Race Course on May 11 in preparation for the May 20 Grade 1 Preakness Stakes.
Derby fourth-place finisher Classic Empire will be vanned to Baltimore on May 14 for the Preakness instead of being sent on a May 16 charter flight.
Joel Rosario will replace James Graham on Grade 3 Illinois Derby victor Multiplier when the colt runs in the Preakness for the new ownership group of Gary Barber, Adam Wachtel and George Kerr.
Brendan Walsh remains the conditioner of Multiplier.
Trainer Doug O’Neill added Term of Art, seventh last out in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, to the list of Preakness probables.
Battle of Midway, who completed the Kentucky Derby trifecta, could make his next start in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita on June 24.
Grade 3 Pat Day Mile Stakes champ Wild Shot is targeting a return in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes on the June 10 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes undercard.
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