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Mylute Confirmed for Preakness Stakes

GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1) is a go for the Preakness.

“I talked with Paul Buhlman (of GoldMark) and Mandy Pope (of Whisper Hill) and we discussed how he was doing and how he was training and the decision was made to go to the Preakness,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He is booked on the plane for Wednesday morning to go to Baltimore.”

The decision was announced after Mylute had jogged a mile and galloped two miles over a muddy Churchill Downs surface shortly after the track opened for training at 6 o’clock. Regular morning partner Maurice Sanchez was aboard.

Amoss said that Mylute would work a half-mile early Monday morning, depending on weather. The advance forecast calls for no rain in Louisville for the next four days.

Rosie Napravnik, who rode Mylute in the Kentucky Derby, retains the mount for the Preakness. Awaiting Mylute in Baltimore, among others, will be Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

“We have to find four lengths,” Amoss said referring to Orb’s advantage over Mylute in the Derby. “If Orb runs his race back in the Preakness, he will be hard to beat.”

All other known Preakness candidates on the Churchill Downs backstretch galloped Saturday morning.

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing galloped 1 ½ miles over a muddy track shortly after 6 o’clock  with exercise rider Trina Pasckvale up. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the Illinois Derby (GIII) winner is scheduled to work a half-mile Sunday morning after the renovation break with Larry Melancon slated to be aboard.

Mike Pegram’s Govenor Charlie galloped 1 ½ over a track that had been upgraded to “good” after the renovation break with Jorge Alvarez aboard. Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work the Sunland Derby (GIII) winner on Monday.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas had his three candidates for Preakness 138 on the track early at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning. Sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Oxbow was the first out of the group, galloping over a muddy track under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo. Will Take Charge, eighth in the Kentucky Derby, galloped under Taylor Carty in the second set along with Titletown Five, who was partnered by Quevedo.

Lukas said that Oxbow is scheduled to work Monday and added, “I may let the other two go through the stretch” before vanning to Baltimore early Tuesday morning. Gary Stevens, who rode Oxbow in the Kentucky Derby and who has the Preakness mount, is expected to be aboard for the work.

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