Although he got an earlier start than normal Monday morning, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another stuck to a similar training routine in preparation for Saturday's 137th Preakness Stakes.
The three-year-old colt galloped about six to eight furlongs following a half-mile jog before a steady stream of rain started to fall in the late morning. He hit the track for his daily exercise at 6:45 a.m. as opposed to his usual start time of 8:30 a.m.
I'll Have Another hasn't lost yet in 2012, capturing the Robert B. Lewis crown in February, the Santa Anita Derby in April and the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
Trainer Doug O'Neill is continuing the same exercise program, which involves strong galloping, because the horse has had so much success with it this year.
"Most of his works were by himself and all well within himself," O'Neill said. "He's just a horse that gives 110 percent in all his exercise, so he is able to keep himself fit and ready."
O'Neill's team also has seen some of what Baltimore has to offer, as they dropped in on a session of Ravens rookie workouts before eating lunch with head coach John Harbaugh.
He said they plan on sampling some of Baltimore's well-known seafood as well this week. Growing up in Michigan before heading to California has given O'Neill little opportunity to taste Maryland's crabs.
Hansen won't run
Hansen will not race in the Preakness on Saturday, his trainer Mike Maker said Monday morning. The off-white colt won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November and captured the Gotham Stakes in March. He finished in ninth-place at the Derby, although his odds were as high as 8-1 earlier that day.
Maker said Hansen's next race would likely come at the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes, an undercard of the Belmont Stakes, on June 9.
No decision yet for Daddy Nose Best
Daddy Nose Best worked for 53 seconds in the muck at Churchill Downs on Monday, and his owner Bob Zollars said he hasn't decided if the colt will run in the Preakness. His fate will be decided Tuesday.
"He came out of the [Kentucky] Derby fine. We had him all checked over," said Zollars, whose horse finished 10th at the first leg of the Triple Crown. " [Trainer] Steve [Asmussen] and I will talk it over on Tuesday."
Desormeaux to ride Sagamore Farm's colt
Kent Desormeaux will ride Tiger Walk, of Under Armor founder Kevin Plank's rejuvenated Sagamore Farm, for the first time in Saturday's Preakness. The jockey has captured two titles at Pimlico's featured event, riding Real Quiet to victory in 1998 and Big Brown to a win in 2008.
Tiger Walk ran four furlongs in 47.6 seconds Sunday morning at Pimlico before returning to Sagamore, just a 20-minute ride north. He walked and grazed Monday morning before the rain started to fall.
"He's very familiar and comfortable here," his trainer Ignacio Correas said. "Now we'll see how he handles the crowd. That's the only question."
Creative Cause back in form
Creative Cause, the fifth-place finisher at this year's Kentucky Derby, should be ready to go for Saturday's Preakness, according to his trainer Mike Harrington. The colt returned to California after the Derby, where he finished three lengths behind winner I'll Have Another. Harrington determined that Creative Cause is ready to go and will be shipped to Baltimore on Wednesday.
Creative Cause finished second to I'll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby, which is just a half-furlong shorter than the Preakness.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times