DRF: Field of Ten Expected in Preakness

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According to a report by Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, nine challengers are expected to join Always Dreaming in the Preakness at Pimlico on May 20.

Of the nine horses, four ran in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Hence, Gunnevera, Classic Empire and Lookin’ At Lee, who almost caught Almost Dreaming on Saturday, will all enter the race, according to the report.

Javier Castellano, who rode Gunnevera in the Derby, will step aside in the Preakness. Mike Smith — who rode Girvin on Saturday — will take the mount atop the Antonio Sano trainee.

Read Privman’s story for the DRF here.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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