Vyjack opts out
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The 18th-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby had been under consideration to run back in the Preakness, but trainer Rudy Rodriguez informed track officials Monday that he would not bring the gelding.
Vyjack broke his maiden at Aqueduct on Nov. 10; Orb, the Derby winner, was fourth and did not break his maiden until two weeks later but has not lost since.
Vyjack won the Gotham and was a close third in the Wood, but acted up in Kentucky and never jumped into the race.
Baffert still deciding
A possible ninth starter for the Preakness, Bob Baffert’s Govenor Charlie, worked six furlongs Monday at Churchill Downs.
Baffert pulled the lightly raced colt from Derby contention, saying he’d suffered a bruise in his hind foot in April. He now appears to be healthy.
“He worked good enough to run,” Baffert said. “I think today we caught up for the little time that we lost.”
But Baffert still was not ready to commit.
“I have to see how he comes out of it,” he said. “He went very, very well. That’s a call I have to make.”