ROMBAUER GOOD TO GO AFTER FINAL BREEZE
Trainer Michael McCarthy reported Sunday morning that his Preakness Stakes (G1) candidate Rombauer came out of his workout Saturday morning at Santa Anita in good shape. The Twirling Candy colt is scheduled to ship from McCarthy’s stable at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. to Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday.
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Rombauer, bred and owned by Diane and John Fradkin, earned a guaranteed berth in the Preakness with his victory in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 13. In his most recent start, the Kentucky-bred was third in the April 3 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, 5 3/4 lengths behind Essential Quality. His five-furlong work in 59.80 seconds Saturday was his fourth since the Blue Grass.
Jockey Flavien Prat was up for the work Saturday and will ride Rombauer for the first time in the Preakness.
McCarthy, 50, a longtime assistant to recently elected Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, will make his Triple Crown series debut in the Preakness with Rombauer. He saddled his first starter for his public stable in January 2014.