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.

(https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228546/axelrod-surges-late-to-take-indiana-derby)

My horse broke sharp, but I was surprised there was a lot of speed and everybody went,” Geroux said of the Michael McCarthy trainee. “I was like … ‘Let’s go to the fence and try (to get) as much run as we can.’ From there, he was off the bridle during the whole race, and when horses in front started coming back to him, his heart started getting bigger and bigger. By the quarter pole, I didn’t know if I was going to get the horse on the lead, but the final jump—he just kept on going.”

Florent Geroux, https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228546/axelrod-surges-late-to-take-indiana-derby

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