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Preakness Stakes Contender Cozzetti Has Work Postponed


Preakness Stakes (G1) contender Cozzetti had a scheduled work on Sunday postponed because of weather conditions.

With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville area and more coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone the work and instead sent Cozzetti out for a 1 ½-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.

“We will see how the track is in the morning and he may work,” said Romans, who won last year’s Preakness with Shackleford.

Cozzetti, a son of Cozzene owned by the Albaugh Family Stables, broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last November. He finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and fourth in Arkansas Derby (G1). Cozzetti will be ridden in the Preakness by Jose Lezcano.

“He’s a nice horse but he needs to step and run like he trains,” said Romans.

–Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report

Cozzetti/Reed Palmer photo