Derby Trial winner Hurricane Ike heads an impressive group of new horses taking aim at the Preakness. Under Calvin Borel, the colt had a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.
Borel rode Hurricane Ike to the one-mile victory in the Derby Trial as well as his second-place finish in the Grade 3 Bay Shore. Ike, in blinkers as usual, broke off at the half-mile pole and posted fractions of :12.20, :24.40, :36.40, :48, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.
"It was very good and he galloped out well," Borel said. "He was a very happy horse the last time I rode him and I thought he was about the same today."
Trainer John Sadler, in Santa Anita, said: "Our plans are to work him back on Monday and if that goes well, then we'll run him in the Preakness."
Borel will be aboard Super Saver in the Preakness, and Robby Albarado will ride Ike if he runs at Pimlico.
Caracortado was scheduled to work seven-eighths at Santa Anita Park. The son of Cat Dreams, Caracortado won the first five races of his career, but ran a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 3.
"He's going great right now, so I'm really happy with how everything is going," said trainer Mike Machowsky. "I'm just hoping everything goes well once I get into the race. It's kind of confusing criteria with who gets in and who doesn't, but he's doing great and if I'm going to take my shot at these horses, now is the time. He runs really well fresh and everything seems to be coming together."
Machowsky hasn't raced at Pimlico since he won the Grade 1 Pimlico Special with Southern Image six years ago.
News on other shooters:
Pleasant Price, second to Derby runnerup Ice Box in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, will go five furlongs on Sunday at Keeneland. Said trainer Wesley Ward: "The good thing about him is that unlike Ice Box, who seems to settle way, way back and make one big run, he can lay close. In the Preakness, you sort of have to be a little bit in contention and he seems to run that way. Hopefully, everything works out pace wise where we're in a good spot."
Schoolyard Dreams will have his final Preakness work either Wednesday or Thursday at Monmouth Park. The son of Stephen got Even finished ahead of Super Saver in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby and finished fourth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.