A group of Preakness contenders who arrived Wednesday afternoon from Kentucky got their first experience on the Pimlico Race Course track Thursday morning.
“This cold air really … puts them on their toes,” Baffert said. “They were happy to get out there. They just marched up to the race track and were eager to get to work. You don’t want to see them leading up there like a borrowed dog. They were in a hurry to get up there and they really moved really well over hte track. The track is really soft, a little deep.
“Dortmund came by first, he was really moving well,” Baffert said. “You see he’s comfortable, and then American Pharoah, as always, he just looks like he just … floats over the track. He looked very eager.”
Baffert, who has won the Preakness five times including in each of his three attempts with a Kentucky Derby winner, said there’s not much training-wise you can do with just two weeks between the races. You simply look for signs that the horse will fire on race day.
“Both horses, I was very happy the way they went over,” he said. “They looked healthy, bright and in top condition. There’s no regression there. It looks like they’re coming up to another big race.”
Simon Callaghan, trainer for Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line, also reported his colt looked “really good” on his first foray onto the Pimlico dirt.
“We just jogged and did a light lope,” Callaghan said. “We’re going to do a regular gallop tomorrow, but so far, so good. He seemed to get over it really well.”