Catching up with the Preakness contenders
Signalman gallops. Photo by Lauren King.
It’s just five days until the 2019 Preakness Stakes, and the dozen contenders for the Middle Jewel all appear to be approaching the day in fine form and rarin’ to go.
Here are the contenders, their most recent results, and their latest works, along with trainer comments.
|Horse||Last out||Last work||Trainer Comments|
|War of Will||8th in G1 Kentucky Derby||No works since last race||“It’s more about getting back your energy level… don’t have to worry about fitness”|
|Bourbon War||4th in G1 Florida Derby||5/9: 5f in 1:01 3/5||“Went off aggressively, finished strong, galloped out strong”|
|Bodexpress||14th in Kentucky Derby, moved up to 13th after DQ of winner||No works since last race||“Main key is keeping him happy… so far, we’re good”|
|Alwaysmining||Won Federico Tesio S. at Laurel Park||5/10: 4f in 48 1/5||“Lovely work… started nice and relaxed and finished very strong”|
|Anothertwistafate||2nd in G3 Lexington at Keeneland||5/11: 6f in 1:14 1/5||“Good work for us… galloped out nice and strong”|
|Owendale||Won G3 Lexington||5/11: 5f in 59 1/5||“Went really well… just what we were looking for”|
|Laughing Fox||Won “win and you’re in” Oaklawn Invitational||5/13: 4f in 51 3/5||“He felt very good… went over the racetrack very well”|
|Signalman||3rd in G2 Blue Grass at Keeneland||5/11: 4f in 47 3/5||“Nice maintenance breeze… finished up good”|
|Warrior’s Charge||Won allowance/optional clmg. at Oaklawn Park||5/11: 5f in 1:00 4/5||“A little headstrong going to the pole… a really good breeze”|
|Improbable||5th in Kentucky Derby, moved up to 4th via DQ||5/13: 4f in 51 4/5||“Looked realy healthy… looks like he’s enjoying himself out there”|
|Win Win Win||10th in Kentucky Derby, moved up to 9th via DQ||No works since last race||“He came out of [the Derby] well… seems to be back to himself”|
|Market King||11th in G2 Blue Grass Stakes||5/11: 5f in 1:00 2/5||“He’s fresh, and he’s doing well”|