Jesus' Team
Jesus’ Team took his first spin around Old Hilltop Monday morning. Photo Maryland Jockey Club.

Grupo Seven C Racing’s Jesus’ Team got acquainted with the Pimlico racing surface Monday morning during a once-around jog.

The 3-year-old son of Tapiture was the first Preakness contender to arrive at Pimlico Sunday afternoon following a van ride from Monmouth Park.

“He worked on Saturday. I give all my horses one day of rest after a work and the next day a once-around slow jogging,” trainer Jose D’Angelo said. “For him, he got to know the track and get to know the place. Tomorrow, he’ll gallop.”

Jesus’ Team most recently finished third in the Sept. 5 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga, where he took the lead in upper stretch before weakening late to finish 1 ½ lengths behind victorious Mystic Guide. The Kentucky-bred colt previously finished second behind Preakness contender Pneumatic in the Pegasus at Monmouth and fourth behind Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness morning-line favorite Authentic in the Haskell (G1) at Monmouth.

Meanwhile, four other Preakness contenders had their final breezes in preparation for Saturday’s contest:

  • Authentic, at 9-5 the Preakness morning line favorite, went four furlongs in 47 3/5 seconds at Churchill Downs for trainer Bob Baffert.
  • Max Player and Excession, both for trainer Steve Asmussen, went a half-mile in 49 4/5 seconds at Churchill Downs.
  • Also for Asmussen, Pneumatic worked a half in 50 1/5 seconds over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.