LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 9, 2014) â€“ The five horses under consideration for next Saturdayâ€™s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) stabled at Churchill Downs galloped Friday morning.
California Chrome, winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), galloped an easy 1 Â½ miles shortly before 7 oâ€™clock with regular morning partner Willie Delgado aboard.
Seventh-place Kentucky Derby finisher Ride On Curlin galloped 1 1/8 miles after the break with Bryan Beccia in the saddle.
Illinois Derby (GIII) winner Dynamic Impact galloped 1 Â½ miles at 6:30 with Marco Cano up. Trained by Mark Casse, Dynamic Impact is scheduled to work at 6 a.m. Saturday with jockey Miguel Mena aboard. However, rain that began falling at the close of training hours Friday was forecast to continue sporadically all day and night and assistant trainer Norman Casse said the work could wait a day if necessary.
Bayern, who was disqualified from the victory in the Derby Trial (GIII) on opening night, visited the starting gate and galloped 1 Â½ miles after the renovation break under Jorge Alvarez. Bayern is scheduled to work Monday.
Ria Antonia, winner of last fallâ€™s Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and sixth in last Fridayâ€™s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) galloped 1 Â½ miles under Maurice Sanchez before the renovation break. Ria Antonia is scheduled to work Monday.
GENERAL A ROD CONFIRMED FOR PREAKNESS, CASTELLANO TO RIDE
Starlight Racing and Skychai Racing LLCâ€™s General a Rod, 11th in the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, will be on a Monday flight to Pimlico for the May 17 Preakness Stakes according to trainer Mike Maker. Maker said the son of Roman Ruler would not record an official work prior to the Preakness.
Maker also confirmed that General a Rod will be ridden by jockey Javier Castellano in the Preakness. Castellano, who was aboard We Miss Artie in the Derby, takes over for Joel Rosario, who will have the mount for Ride On Curlin in the Preakness.