ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom took an early morning walk around Barn 22 at Churchill Downs on Monday as he prepared to spend his last day of the spring in the shadow of the Twins Spires.
“We are going to leave early, sometime around 5:30 or 6,” assistant trainer Dave Rock said of the journey to Fair Hill training center in Maryland. “He is doing good and eating good, as always.”
Trainer Graham Motion was heading out of Louisville later this afternoon. Prior to leaving, he did an interview for the Kentucky Derby Museum and got choked up describing the experience of winning Kentucky Derby 137.
“Two days later, it is still surreal,” said Motion, who will turn 47 on the day after the May 21 Preakness. “I had thought about it (winning the Kentucky Derby). There is not a trainer that doesn’t think about it. I just didn’t think it would happen at this stage of my career.”
Animal Kingdom capped off a big weekend for the Motion barn here Derby Week that was comprised of seven horses and the pony.
Smart Bid ran second in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) the race prior to the Derby and earlier on the Derby Day card Aruna was second in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII). Summer Soiree’s 10th-place Kentucky Oaks (GI) finish was the only off-the-board placing for Motion runners that also included Deal Making finishing third in an allowance race Friday.
Animal Kingdom will have company at Pimlico on Preakness Day as Motion plans to bring last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI) winner Shared Account to Baltimore for the $100,000 Gallorette (GIII) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. The Gallorette will mark Shared Account’s 2011 debut.
ARCHARCHARCH – Trainer Jinks Fires said Monday morning that the racing career of Robert and Val Yagos’ Archarcharch is over.
“He is not going to make it back to the races,” Fires said of the colt who suffered a condylar fracture of the left front in finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby. “The surgery went well (Sunday at the Rood & Riddle Clinic in Lexington), but they said there was too much cartilage damage in there.”
A winner of three of seven career starts for earnings of $832,744, Archarcharch will spend the next three to five days at Rood & Riddle and then return to Fires’ barn at Churchill Downs.
ASTROLOGY/NEHRO – Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton’s Astrology worked six furlongs in company in 1:12.40 early Monday morning over a fast track at Churchill Downs.
With Carlos Rosas up and working in company with Awesome Act, Astrology produced fractions of :13, :25, :37, :48.60, 1:00.40 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.40 and a mile in 1:39.60.
“We liked the work,” said Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables. “We’ll see how he comes out of the work (before making a decision on the Preakness). He looks good.”
Astrology, who has compiled a record of 7-2-3-2 for earnings of $358,893, finished second in the Jerome (GII) at Aqueduct on April 23 in his most recent start.
Zayat Stables’ Nehro, runner-up in Kentucky Derby 137, walked the shedrow. Trainer Steve Asmussen said the Preakness chances for Nehro were “possible but not probable.”
DANCE CITY – The Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City, third in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, walked the shedrow at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn a day after working five furlongs in 1:01.
In Sunday’s work, accomplished in the fog over a sloppy track, Dance City clicked off fractions of :13.20, :25.20, :36.80, :48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.20 and seven-eighths in 1:28.40 while working in company with Praetereo, the 11th-place finisher in last month’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI).
In addition to Dance City, the Pletcher barn may be sending three or four other horses for other Preakness Weekend stakes according to Mike McCarthy, Pletcher’s Churchill Downs assistant.
DIALED IN – Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, who ran eighth as the favorite in Saturday’s 19-horse Kentucky Derby field, walked the shedrow at trainer Nick Zito’s barn.
“He’s doing well,” Zito said. “He’s eating good and came out of the race well.”
MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE/THE FACTOR – Arnold Zetcher’s Midnight Interlude walked the shedrow Monday morning, two days after finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Bob Baffert had indicated Sunday before leaving Louisville that a decision on Midnight Interlude’s Preakness participation would be made next weekend.
Meanwhile, Fog City Stable and George Bolton’s The Factor is scheduled for a five-furlong work Tuesday morning with jockey Calvin Borel slated to be aboard according to Peter Hutton, Baffert’s Churchill Downs assistant.
Seventh as the favorite in his most recent start in the Arkansas Derby (GI), The Factor worked a half-mile here last Thursday in :49.
PRIME CUT – Courtlandt Farms’ Prime Cut, runner-up in the Coolmore Lexington (GIII) at Keeneland in his most recent start, remains “under consideration” for the Preakness according to trainer Neil Howard.
“We will wait until after his major work (toward the end of the week) and see,” said Howard, who won the 1990 Preakness with Summer Squall.
Prime Cut galloped before the renovation break on Monday.
SANTIVA – Tom Walters’ Santiva is “doing well” after his sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby according to Brendan Walsh, assistant to trainer Eddie Kenneally.
“He will go back to the track in a day or two,” said Walsh, who serves as Santiva’s exercise rider. “There’s been no decision yet (on the colt’s next race). We will talk about it later in the week.”
SARATOGA RED – Robert Baker and William Mack’s Saratoga Red, sixth here Saturday in an optional claimer, has been withdrawn from Preakness consideration by trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
“I am taking some over there for the undercard races, but not him,” Lukas said of Saratoga Red, who has won one of four starts and has $15,000 in graded stakes earnings.
SHACKLEFORD – Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford walked the shedrow at trainer Dale Romans’ barn.
Stopping by to look in on the Kentucky Derby pacesetter was jockey Jesus Castanon, who rode in his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
“I had visions of a lots of roses when he opened up at the eighth pole,” Castanon said of Shackleford, who wound up fourth beaten less than four lengths. “He ran real big for me.” The 38-year-old Castanon never has ridden in the Preakness.
Romans, who sent out First Dude and Paddy O’Prado to finish second and sixth, respectively, in last year’s Preakness, said, “If he (Shackleford) is doing good, we will go (to Baltimore).”
SWAY AWAY – Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away walked the shedrow at Barn 42 for a second consecutive morning following a six-furlong work in 1:11.60 under Keith Davis on Saturday.
Trained by Jeff Bonde, the fourth-place Arkansas Derby (GI) finisher is scheduled to return to the track Tuesday morning and ship next week the rest of the Churchill Downs-housed Preakness hopefuls to Baltimore.