The likely Preakness favorite galloped 1 ¿¿ miles at Churchill Downs Friday, with assistant trainer Alan Sherman pronouncing him strong.
The Preakness field also gained another entrant in General a Rod, who finished 11th in the Derby. Trainer Mike Maker said General a Rod didn't get to show his talent during a tough trip at Churchill Downs.
“He was full of himself, carrying good flesh and he didn’t get a chance to show his true colors in the Derby,” Maker said Friday, “so it’s the Preakness and we figured we’d give it a shot.”
General a Rod will be ridden by Javier Castellano, the nation’s leading money winner among jockeys. The colt will fly to Baltimore on the same Monday flight as California Chrome and fellow Derby alum Ride on Curlin.
A few questions remain for the Preakness field. Maryland trainer Graham Motion still hasn’t decided on the status of Ring Weekend. The colt is scheduled for a Saturday morning breeze at Fair Hill that could determine his fate for the May 17 race.
A Thursday tweet from the Daily Racing Form suggested trainer Todd Pletcher is leaning against bringing Danza, the third-place finisher in the Derby, to Baltimore. But Pletcher hasn’t confirmed his plans.