Less than 12 hours after the blanket of roses was removed from Kentucky Derby winner Orb, representatives from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) were busy at Churchill Downs recruiting Derby runners for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
One of the first to commit to running in the Preakness and shipped in to Old Hilltop was Goldencents, 17th in the Derby. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, trained by Doug O’Neill is following the exact schedule as the 2012 Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another.
Goldencents arrived at Pimlico in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (1:30am) with assistant trainer Jack Sisterson and much of the same crew who handled I’ll Have Another while in Baltimore. The only diversion is the jockey. Last year Mario Gutierrez was the jockey, but this year Kevin Krigger got the call, as he is the only jockey who has ever ridden Goldencents in his seven career starts.
In an unusual move, Krigger came to Pimlico 10 days in advance of the Preakness to prepare, gallop and workout Goldencents. At the same time, Krigger is sacrificing mounts on the west coast in return for dedication to Team O’Neill. It’s a gamble the St. Croix native has no qualms taking.
As of this writing (Wednesday, May 8th) the list of Preakness contenders stand at 12, they are:
Goldencents (Krigger/O’Neill; 17th in KY Derby) – confirmed; arrived on May 7th
Orb (Rosario/McGaughey; 1st in KY Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 14th
Departing (Hernandez/Stall; 1st in Illinois Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 15th
Oxbow (Stevens/Lukas; 6th in KY Derby) – confirmed
Will Take Charge (M. Smith/Lukas; 8th in KY Derby) – confirmed
Itsmyluckyday (J. Velazquez/Plesa; 15th KY Derby) – confirmed
Titletown Five (Leparoux/Lukas; 4th in Derby Trial) – confirmed
Vyjack (TBA/Rodriguez;18th in KY Derby) – probable
Governor Charlie (TBA/Baffert; 1st in Sunland Derby) – possible; decision after workout on Sunday or Monday
Normandy Invasion (TBA/Brown; 4th in KY Derby) – possible; decision over the weekend
Mylute (Napravnik/Amoss; 5th in KY Derby) – possible; decision will be made Saturday
Street Spice (Sanchez/Geier; 5th in Illinois Derby) – possible; decision after weekend workout
Recapping Pimlico Day 20 selections from “Chalky” Sunday 10-race card posted had 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.40 (2nd race), $8.00 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $10.20 (5th), $4.00 (8th) and $2.60 (9th).
The BEST BET (19 8-2-2) Sir Cotton (R3 #5 3-1 PT; 2-1 M/L) received no early action at the betting windows (6-1) which is never a good sign for a 2-1 M/L. Come Post Time the foolish public thought they were getting a deal with those odds, and bet him down to 3-1, but he ran like a 6-1 or worse, racing along the rail towards the back, outrun beating just 1 rival in a six horse field.
The LONGSHOT PICK (19 4-1-2) Star Maneuver (R5 #7 13-1 PT; 20-1 M/L) was forwardly positioned early, turned for home in the four path while in contention to hit the board, but weakened in the final 1/16th to finish 4th.
The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #129… “Getting In”
Selections for the Day 21 Pimlico Thursday, May 9th card will be on Page 2.