by Pimlico Press Release
May 21, 2018
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify survived a protracted duel with Good Magic and held on to capture the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) with a half-length victory over late-charging Bravazo Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Justify’s victory in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown placed an emphatic exclamation point on an exciting day of World Class racing and entertainment. A 14-race program that offered eight stakes with purse money exceeding $2.5 million was complemented by Preakness InfieldFest 2018, headlined by multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone. The high-energy music festival also hosted ODESZA and 21 Savage, as well as DJ sets by Vice and Frank Walker.
Despite gray skies, rain and fog, a crowd of 134,487 ventured to Pimlico to take part in the festivities and watch Justify put trainer Bob Baffert into the Preakness record books. In addition to staying alive in a quest to sweep the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 9, Justify propelled his Hall of Fame trainer into a tie for most Preakness victories with 19th century trainer Robert Wyndham Walden, who saddled seven Preakness winners between 1875 and 1888. Baffert also equaled the record of 14 victories in the Triple Crown series held by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who came within a half-length of winning his 15th when Bravazo’s late drive fell short.
Justify was Baffert’s fifth career Kentucky Derby winner and became his fifth Derby winner to also capture the Preakness. Justify followed in the hoof prints of Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002) and 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Baffert’s two other Preakness victories came in 2001 with Point Given, who was fifth in the Derby, and 2010 with Lookin At Lucky, who finished sixth in the Derby.
Justify, who was sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds, was prevented from setting an uncontested pace as he did in the Derby when Good Magic broke alertly and took the early lead in front of the grandstand. Justify raced alongside Good Magic around the first turn and along the backstretch past fractions of 23.11 seconds, 47.19 seconds and 1:11.42 for the first six furlongs of the 1 3/16-mile classic. The head-to-head battle continued on the far turn and into the stretch, before Justify and jockey Mike Smith emerged from the fog to establish a clear lead in deep stretch. Bravazo, who stalked the pacesetters under jockey Luis Saez, made a late rush at the Derby winner, only to fall a half-length short.
Justify ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.93 on a sloppy, sealed racetrack while running his career record to 5-for-5.
“He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running. He had to really work for it and I’m happy for the horse and Mike and all the connections that we pulled it out,” said Baffert, who has the chance to saddle his second Triple Crown winner only three years after claiming Thoroughbred racing’s biggest price with American Pharoah, who was the first since Affirmed (1978) to pull off the sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
Bravazo, who could have given Lukas a record-tying seventh Preakness win had his late bid not fallen short, finished a neck ahead of Tenfold, the longest shot on the board at 26-1. Good Magic, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby, finished another neck back in fourth under Jose Ortiz. Lone Sailor, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Quip followed.
BALTIMORE – Owner/trainer Mick Ruis confirmed Thursday that Bolt d’Oro is a candidate for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th behind victorious Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) over a sloppy Churchill Downs track, galloped a mile and a half at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Thursday morning. “We’re going to see how he’s training up to it, and it doesn’t matter if Justify runs or not. We know we’re going to have to run against him,” said Ruis, whose multiple Grade 1 stakes winner had been scheduled to ship to Southern California Tuesday. “If we feel we’re good to go in there, we’re going.” Bolt d’Oro, who had finished second behind Justify in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby (G1), chased the pace outside the undefeated Bob Baffert trainee before starting to tire on the turn into the homestretch. Ruis received visual evidence that the son of Medaglia d’Oro’s first off-the-board finish was the result of a dislike for the sloppy, sealed racetrack. “Someone just sent me a Twitter photo of Justify and Bolt when they were next to each other. Justify is skipping over the track, pasterns up. Bolt’s [hooves], all the way below the pasterns, were just sucked into that track. Absolutely he didn’t like it,” Ruis said. “It would be like one running on the freeway and one running in sand.” Ruis said Bolt d’Oro won’t run in the Preakness if the Pimlico track comes up muddy or sloppy for the 143rd edition of the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Ruis, who purchased a 169-acre farm in Woodford County in Kentucky prior to the Kentucky Derby, reported that Bolt d’Oro has recovered nicely from his subpar performance. “He is doing really, really good. It doesn’t look like he even lost a pound. He’s really good and really happy,” Ruis said. “I’m glad I’m here at Keeneland, because our farm is only four miles away. It’s so mellow for him here. I couldn’t be happier. We’re going to try to make our residence in Kentucky.” Justify Impressive in First Gallop since Derby Win Preakness Stakes favorite Justify resumed training Thursday morning at Churchill Downs for the first time since taking last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, his good-looking gallop dispelling any concerns about a minor hind-foot condition. Justify was the center of attention on the Churchill backside Thursday morning as he was the first horse to step onto the track when it reopened at 7:30 following the first of two daily track renovation breaks. After the massive chestnut’s routine gallop under Humberto Gomez, Jack Wolf, head of the Starlight Racing partnership that owns a minority interests in Justify, joked that his only concern now is securing enough tickets for the Preakness. Wolf told the assembled media that he has “zero” concern about the Bob Baffert-trained Justify’s condition. “I thought he looked great,” he said. “Bob has been telling me the horse is fine.” Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who is overseeing Justify’s care in Kentucky while his boss is in California, was clearly delighted with what he saw. “Very happy,” he said. “The horse came onto the track perfect, galloped perfect and came back very good, so I couldn’t be happier. He was ready to go back to the track. He was getting a little pushy in the stall, and you could tell it was time for him to get back out there.” Barnes said Justify came out of the Derby with a little bruising and a bit of a cracked heel that briefly left sensitivity in his left hind foot that quickly responded to treatment. “Each day we got better and we were 100 percent, so no reason to hold my breath,” Barnes said. “The good ones seem to come up with little issues now and then. Other ones that don’t put out that much, they don’t show signs of anything. But the track was very wet that day and he had to run fast and far. These are things you have to deal with, and we’re ready to move on and go to Baltimore.” Barnes said Justify never backed off his feed after the Derby, in spite of the taxing effort that included being part of a swift early pace and then having to fend off runner-up Good Magic and third-place Audible. “It’s never a problem eating with him,” he said. “He’s a chowhound. Within an hour and a half to two hours, he’s always finished up.” Justify pressed long shot Promises Fulfilled during a first half-mile in a swift 45.77 seconds and ran six furlongs in 1:11.01 before asserting himself against 19 leg-weary rivals through the stretch. “He went very fast early (in the Derby). Watching the fractions, you’re going 22 (seconds for a quarter-mile), 45 4/5,” Barnes said. “I’m thinking, ‘Well, that’s almost 46, so that’s not too bad.’ The horses were coming to him, but they were kind of dropping off. For only being his fourth start and having to make it in the Kentucky Derby that was just awesome.” Barnes said Justify doesn’t require much training heading into the Preakness. “We just stick with our same program,” he said. “You come off a mile and a quarter race, just go a little light into Baltimore. You don’t need to do much. The main thing is to keep him healthy and happy.” Barnes said he anticipates Justify will continue to train at 7:30 a.m. while at Churchill Downs before flying out to Baltimore next Wednesday. Elliott Walden, president and CEO of co-owner WinStar Farm, also used the word “great” to describe Justify’s Thursday morning training session. “He went great,” Walden said. “The last couple of days he’s looked good. You never know until you go to the track, but he looked super.” Walden, who twice finished second in the Preakness with Victory Gallop in 1998 and Menifee in 1999 as a trainer, said Justify has had a cracked heel, a common and minor foot affliction, on and off. “A lot of horses get that,” he said. “That track was rough on Saturday, not from a standpoint of anything anybody could do, just three inches of rain and a muddy racetrack. He just jammed his heel up a little bit. The first time they saw anything (was potentially amiss) was when he came out here for you guys (the media Sunday morning). It took some time to figure out what was going on, and that’s being a good horseman, trying to evaluate the thing and work on it. But the horse looked great this morning, and I’m very happy with him. He looked super every step.” Preakness Decision for Good Magic Expected Monday Trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning that Derby runner-up Good Magic remains a candidate for the Preakness. Brown said he expects to make his decision whether to run the son of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin in the Middle Jewel by Monday. “I’m on the fence,” said Brown, who trains Good Magic for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables. “It’s still under consideration.” Good Magic, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male, finished 2 ½ lengths behind Justify over the sloppy track at Churchill Downs. He was shipped to Brown’s base at Belmont Park on Monday. “He’s fine,” Brown said. “He’s back on the track. He jogged sound this morning.” Diamond King Confirmed for Preakness Run Trainer John Servis Thursday confirmed Cash is King, D.J. Stable and LC Racing’s stakes winner Diamond King will make his next start in the Preakness. Diamond King earned automatic entry into the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by virtue of his victory in the Federico Tesio Stakes April 21 at Laurel Park but had been entered in the Peter Pan (G3) Saturday at Belmont Park. After consulting with the ownership, led by Cash is King’s Chuck Zacney, the decision was made to point to the Preakness, a race the Parx-based Servis won with his only previous starter – 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Smarty Jones. “It looks like we’re heading to the Preakness,” Servis said. “It’s always exciting to be able to come back and be a part of it. He didn’t get a chance to run in the Derby because he didn’t have the points, but the winner was very impressive. I’m excited about it.” Servis plans to give Diamond King, a bay son of Grade 1 winner Quality Road, one final breeze for the Preakness this weekend at Parx. He returned to the work tab for the first time since the Tesio with a half-mile move in 50.21 seconds May 6. “He came out of it great. It was just a maintenance work, just a nice, easy half-mile by himself. We just wanted to let him stretch his legs a little bit,” Servis said. “He’ll work again this weekend but I don’t know what day. I’m planning on Sunday, but I’m not sure. We’ll have to see how the weather shakes out.” With other horses to run over the weekend, Servis said he plans to ship to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 18. Barbara Fritchie (G2) winner Ms Locust Point is being pointed to the $100,000 Skipat for fillies and mares 3 and older going six furlongs on the undercard of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2). “As of right now I’m planning on coming in early Friday morning,” Servis said. “I have a couple to run Friday there anyway, so I think I’ll ship them all early Friday morning and beat the traffic and let [Diamond King] get there and just settle in and get ready for Saturday.” Lukas Names Jockeys for Bravazo, Sporting Chance D. Wayne Lukas reported Thursday that Luis Contreras will ride Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance in the Preakness and Luis Saez will be on Bravazo, the Fair Grounds’ Risen Star (G2) winner who after a poor showing in the Louisiana Derby (G2) finished a sneaky good sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Contreras rode Calumet Farm’s Bravazo in the Derby and Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance in the Pat Day Mile (G3), in which he finished a troubled fourth. “We don’t let them choose,” Lukas said with a laugh. “That’s like letting your team put out the lineup…. It gets down to gut reaction to what you think fits — and a combination of trying to appease your owners a little bit. “Luis Contreras is getting along awful good with Sporting Chance. Having said that, I think Luis Saez is a better fit on Bravazo, even though he’s ridden Sporting Chance to a Grade 1 win (in Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes)…. You never in these races lead with your heart, (but) always with your business sense.” The Lukas duo will van to Baltimore Monday. “It’s 12 hours,” Lukas said. “I see Steve (Asmussen) is going to van (Tenfold and other Preakness weekend stakes candidates) now. It’s getting to be more popular. We started vanning and now that’s the choice.” Lukas, who generally rides shotgun in the truck’s cab on the trip to Pimlico, touted satellite radio channels for those making the drive. “Fifty-eight is Prime Country and 59 is Willie’s Roadhouse,” he said, “And if you’re really wondering if you’re going to win it, you go to 128 — and that’s Joel Osteen.” Justify impresses Lone Sailor’s trainer Justify certainly caught the attention of Tom Amoss, trainer of possible Preakness candidate Lone Sailor, who finished eighth in the Derby. “I thought he looked identical to how he looked for the Kentucky Derby when I watched him train, and I don’t think that’s very good news for anybody who wants to run against him in Baltimore,” Amoss said of Justify. “I’m not bubbling over with confidence that the Derby winner is going to get beat. (But) I think (running in the Preakness or not) is still going to boil down to how our horse is doing.” Amoss reiterated that he expects a decision on Lone Sailor will be made Saturday after a discussion with owner Gayle Benson. Other horses being considered for the Preakness are Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold, Valene Farms’ Givemeaminit, and Quip. Quip, whose ownership also includes Justify’s partners WinStar and China Horse Club, galloped 1 3/8 miles under trainer Rodolphe Brisset Thursday and also schooled in the starting gate at Keeneland. Brisset said the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner and Arkansas Derby (G1) runner-up is on schedule to work Sunday at the Lexington track. “Quip is a very good horse, and I think he deserves a chance,” WinStar CEO and president Elliott Walden said. “It’s going to be exciting to see him run, as well. He’s a horse who has done nothing wrong except for one bad start here in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2; last November). Every other start has been really good, and he’s doing well, so we’ll see what he does next Saturday.”
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Good Magic will run in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Chad Brown announced on Sunday. The morning after Good Magic finished 2½ lengths behind Justify over the sloppy track at Churchill Downs, Brown said he would take the colt back to his base at Belmont Park, spend a week observing how he came out of the race, consult with the owners and then make a decision. “The horse has just been training very well since the Derby,” Brown said. “He bounced out of the race in great condition and I think he deserves a chance in the race. He’s doing great.” Like most trainers, Brown does not typically run a horse back in two weeks, but he said Good Magic had shown him that he is ready for the Preakness. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the horse,” he said. “I really don’t have anything else planned for him before, say, either the Haskell (G1) or the Jim Dandy (G2) anyway. That said, I wouldn’t do it just because he’s going to get a bit of a freshening. He has to be doing well, and he’s doing exceptionally well. He’s doing far better than I expected exiting the Derby. It’s remarkable to see how well the horse is moving and his energy level. He already has his weight back. He just looks great. I’m excited about it." This will be the fourth consecutive year that the top two finishers in the Kentucky Derby have a rematch in the Preakness. In each of the last two years, the Derby runner-up finished ahead of the Derby winner in the Preakness. Brown acknowledged that Justify presents an imposing challenge for his colt. “It’s a tall order,” he said. “The horse is unbeaten and to a degree untested. He ran a great race in the Derby and he is clearly the horse to beat. We’re going to need to close the gap on him somehow. We’re going to need to improve. Even though our horse ran an excellent race in the Derby and earned a lot of respect from everybody, he needs to again move forward and we need to have Justify come back to us a little bit. I think that the margin that I saw between the two horses is not out of the question that we’ll be able to make up that difference.” Good Magic, co-owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Farm, broke his maiden winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and was voted the Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old male champion. This year, he was third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and won the Blue Grass (G2) prior to the Kentucky Derby. e Five purchased Good Magic for $1,000,000 as a yearling at Keeneland and subsequently sold a 50 percent share to Stonestreet, which bred the colt. Brown, 39, has won the Eclipse Award as the champion trainer the past two years. He won the 2017 Preakness with Cloud Computing in his debut in the race. Good Magic is scheduled to ship to Baltimore on Monday and will gallop on the track Tuesday morning. Barnes in ‘Awesome Position’ with Baffert, Justify Justify made a visit to the starting gate and had a routine gallop Sunday morning at Churchill Downs as the Kentucky Derby winner prepares for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and an attempt to stay on course for a Triple Crown sweep. “He stood in the gate, we jogged down the stretch a little ways and then galloped a mile and a half,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who is overseeing Justify’s training while Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is in California. Baffert is expected to arrive in Louisville Sunday night, with Justify flying to Baltimore on Wednesday. As Baffert’s chief assistant, Barnes is a familiar sight at Churchill Downs – and everywhere from Monmouth Park to Mountaineer, from Oaklawn Park to Belmont Park, Saratoga in August and Dubai in March, wherever Baffert has a quality stakes horse hitting the road. Justify, the heavy favorite to annex the Preakness Stakes after running his record to 4-for-4 with his coronation in the Kentucky Derby, is yet another Baffert star placed in Barnes’ care while on the road. He’s the latest in an almost unfathomable sequence where Baffert has had American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown champion, Arrogate, the world’s all-time money-earner who raced in 2016-17 and now, Justify, who became the first horse since Apollo (1882) to win the Kentucky Derby without racing at 2. The stable has uncorked so many record-setting horses that a horse such as 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern barely makes the discussion. “It’s an awesome position to have, and I’m just blessed to be here,” said Barnes, whose first full year with Baffert was 1999, when the barn had the champion filly Silverbulletday. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. These horses are like once in a lifetime horses coming through the barn. We just keep enjoying it while they come, because you never know when you might have a slow year. “I’ve trained on my own; it’s a tough go. I like dealing with this caliber of horses, prefer to be at this level. So I’d rather just stay right here. You put in a lot of hours. It’s a dedication thing. Luckily my wife works with us, so I get to spend a lot of time with her. Maybe not at home, but we’re at the barn every day together. It’s worked out for us, we’ve been married 32 years. Just keep going along here as long as it lasts,” he added. Barnes’ wife, top-notch exercise rider Dana Barnes, has worked for Baffert since 1998. Jimmy heard there could be an opening for an assistant in the stable, asked Baffert to keep him in mind, was hired and wound up being the chief assistant when Eoin Harty went on his own in 2000. Barnes previously had worked for Hall of Famers Charlie Whittingham and Jerry Hollendorfer, as well as David Hofmans, who saddled Touch Gold for a 1997 Belmont Stakes (G1) victory over the Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm. “I tend to point myself toward good stables, yes, absolutely,” Barnes said. “I’ve been very fortunate to end up dealing with great horses for a long time now.” Diamond King ‘Right on the Money’ in 5F Breeze Cash is King, LC Racing and D.J. Stable’s Diamond King turned in his final work for the 143rd Preakness with a five-furlong breeze Sunday morning at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. Frankie Pennington was aboard as the stakes-winning son of Grade 1 winner Quality Road went in 1:01.50 over a sloppy main track in company with 4-year-old gelding Colonel Juan. Diamond King galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.53. “Everything went super, very good. It was exactly what I was looking for,” trainer John Servis said. “I told him I was looking for around 1:01 and then let him gallop out on his own … so it was right on the money.” Diamond King has worked twice since his victory in the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio Stakes April 21 at Laurel Park that earned him an automatic berth into the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. He breezed a half-mile on his own in 50.21 seconds May 6 at Parx. “He went in company today because he works better in company than he does by himself. He can be a bit lazy,” Servis said. “I’m very happy with him. I’m tickled to death. I think he’s doing great.” Considering the weather and the forecast, Servis was relieved to get Sunday’s work in as planned, rather than have to push it back to Monday. “Very much so,” he said. “It was a sealed racetrack. It wasn’t the best racetrack in the world but the bottom was good. I would have preferred a fast racetrack, but for a wet track it was very good, actually.” Diamond King will have an easy day Monday and will remain at Parx until later in the week. All Preakness horses must be on the grounds by noon on Thursday, May 17. “He’ll walk tomorrow and then I’ll just play it by ear after that,” Servis said. “I’ll see how he comes out of this work and how everything is and adjust his schedule.” Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, who notched his second Preakness victory last year aboard Cloud Computing, has been named to ride. Justify figures to be a strong favorite in the Preakness, and Servis was complimentary of the Kentucky Derby winner. “He’s very impressive. Especially as good as he did it, and as good as he looks, it’s just hard to imagine that was only his fourth start,” he said. “He’s a good horse. He might be a great horse. I think we’re finding that out.” Lone Sailor Confirmed for Preakness; Ortiz Jr. to Ride Owner G M B Racing on Saturday evening tweeted that the Tom Amoss-trained Lone Sailor, its Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up and Kentucky Derby eighth-place finisher, will run in the Preakness and that Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount. “When we got into this thing in 2014, on the back of our silks are three crowns, the Triple Crown,” said Greg Bensel, the senior vice president for communications for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA Pelicans, who also oversees G M B Racing for Gayle Benson, now the owner of the Saints and Pelicans following husband Tom Benson’s death March 15. “A lot of people don’t particularly know that’s what it stands for,” Bensel said of the G M B’s silks design. “But our goal is always to run in the Triple Crown races, to run at the highest level. We’ve always dreamt of the Kentucky Derby, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have three in the last three years. We’ve won the Woody Stephens at Belmont, but the Preakness and Baltimore have always been a place we’ve wanted to run and be a part of that.” G M B Racing was represented in the 2016 Kentucky Derby by Mo Tom (8th) and Tom’s Ready (12th), who went on to win the Woody Stephens (G2) on the Belmont Stakes undercard. “Our horses, although they ran eighth and 12th in 2016 (in the Derby), our head guy, Mo Tom, was a guy who’d lose a lot of weight and couldn’t really bounce back. This guy, Tom Amoss gave us a good report Derby night, a great report the next day. I’m talking about him eating his whole tub, lively, got the look in his eye, went out for a full gallop a couple days later, full of energy, full of spunk. So no reason to not think about the Preakness,” Bensel said. “Then you want to take a peek at the field. You want to see what Justify is doing; you want to see who else is entered; you want to see how big the field is because he’s a deep closer,” he added. “You saw how he got held up by (a stopping) Free Drop Billy in the Derby, and then he lost a shoe. So he was running against all odds in that Derby, and still he came fighting hard in the slop to be eighth. We’re hearing that we’re probably going to have a lot of wetness and moisture in Baltimore this week. We hear the field will be somewhat lighter. Justify or no Justify, we are on go. All systems point to go for us.” Irad Ortiz Jr. has picked up the mount aboard Lone Sailor, who was ridden by James Graham in the Derby. “We called on Irad Ortiz here. No disrespect to James Graham. We love James Graham; he’s been great to us. But we’re going to try something a little different here and take our chance,” Bensel said. “We’ve got a horse with a big engine, who is healthy, who’s sound, who’s full of energy. And why not?” Lone Sailor galloped Sunday morning at Churchill Downs and will fly to Baltimore Wednesday. Amoss said the colt definitely deserves another chance with the cards reshuffled. “The caveat here is that it was a very sloppy track Derby Day,” Amoss said. “But having said that, it’s hard to not want to take a chance against a group that didn’t come home very fast in the Kentucky Derby. Our horse, like many others, got in trouble in the race and we’d like another shot at this group. I have great respect for the group, and I thought going into the Kentucky Derby that the race went through California – which it turned out to do. But I’m looking forward to getting another chance at what hopefully is a fast track, although looking at the weather ahead, it looks like more rain.” Quip Ready, Fit Sunday after Breezing 4F With trainer Rodolphe Brisset aboard, Quip turned in his final timed work for the 143rd Preakness Stakes Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile in 48.20 seconds at Keeneland. The WinStar Farm homebred son of Distorted Humor, co-owned by WinStar, China Horse Club and SF Racing, covered the first quarter of a mile in 24.40 and was timed in 23.80 for the second quarter. Quip was alone on the track at Keeneland at 6:30 a.m. and beat the heat that spiked later in the morning. “He did exactly what we wanted and exactly his usual half-mile, out five-eighths,” Brisset said. “There was nothing fancy. We don’t need anything fancy anyway. We’re ready. He’s fit. We let him go off a little faster than 25 and came home in 23, and he galloped out (six furlongs) in 1:12 2/5. That’s his usual. He was by himself. We didn’t want to do more than this.” Quip won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and was second in the Arkansas Derby(G1) to accumulate more than enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, but his connections opted to pass on the Derby and point to the Preakness. A primary reason was that the colt needed more time between races than three weeks from the Arkansas Derby to Kentucky Derby. Also WinStar had interests in three other Derby runners, including the eventual winner, Justify. Brisset said he likes how Quip looks and is training entering the Preakness. “He’s shown all the signs that he is back to his own self,” Brisset said. “The race in Arkansas and the trip was pretty hard on him. We gave him an easy week and a half after the Arkansas Derby. We didn’t lose anything because he has been galloping on a daily basis. Then we decided to pick the weather last week – breezing on Thursday (May 3) before the Kentucky Derby to beat the rain. That gives us a good 10 days between his last breeze and this one today. It’s good timing. Now we don’t have to do anything much, just keep him on his basic, regular galloping.” Quip will be flown to Baltimore on Wednesday. Florent Geroux, who has been aboard for his five career starts, will ride Quip in the Preakness. Bravazo Turns in 4F Maintenance Breeze Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, the winner of Fair Grounds’ Risen Star (G2) who was sixth in the Kentucky Derby after being well-beaten in the Louisiana Derby, worked a half-mile in 50 3/5 seconds at Churchill Downs early Sunday morning in preparation for the Preakness Stakes. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hadn’t seen the official time but had wanted something in the range of 50 seconds. He didn’t need the clocker’s splits to know Bravazo finished nicely. “I don’t know what the splits were, have no idea,” he said. “I don’t pay any attention to that. I just want to see how they go. What were the splits? Had to be slow first.” The official splits were 13 seconds for the first eighth-mile, 25 2/5 for the quarter-mile, 38 for three-eighths, with Bravazo going the final eighth-mile in 12 3/5 seconds and galloping out five-eighths of a mile in 1:04 4/5. “He just ran eight days ago,” Lukas said. “He doesn’t need much.” Calumet Farm and Lukas teamed in 2013 to win the Preakness with Oxbow, extending the historic Lexington farm’s record number of victories in the race to eight. It was the sixth for Lukas, who along with trainer Bob Baffert would tie the all-time record with another win. R.W. Walden won the Preakness seven times from 1875-1888. Lukas’ other Preakness candidate, last summer’s Grade 1 Hopeful winner Sporting Chance, who was a troubled fourth in the Pat Day Mile (G3) on the Derby undercard, was scheduled to work a slow half-mile but wound up galloping. Lukas and his duo are scheduled to leave Churchill Downs at 3:30 a.m. Monday for the van drive to Pimlico. Tenfold Slated for 4F Breeze Monday Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold had a routine gallop at Churchill Downs Sunday morning and is scheduled to work the easy half-mile on Monday that trainer Steve Asmussen generally gives his horses five days before a race. Tenfold had his big work for the Preakness the previous Monday, powering five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 1/5, seventh-fastest of 23 works at the distance that day. Tenfold, who did not race last year, won his first two races before finishing fifth in the Arkansas Derby. ALSO: Trainer Todd Pletcher has opted to bypass the Preakness Stakes with Calumet Farm’s Pony Up in favor of a start in the $100,000 LARC Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness undercard. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will have the mount. Ruis Racing’s Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby, was also taken out of Preakness consideration Sunday.