It's (mostly) official:
But later in the afternoon he tweeted that the colt wouldn't be confirmed for a Preakness run until he boarded a plane from Louisville on Wednesday.
The addition of the Baffert trainee would bring the field to nine and the number of new challengers for
Govenor Charlie earned enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby but was pulled from contention the week of the race when Baffert announced the Midnight Lute colt missed training time with a minor foot injury.
Baffert has hedged when discussing Govenor Charlie, though. He waited to see how the colt emerged from a six furlong-work Monday before calling officials at Pimlico on Tuesday to deliver the good but-not-quite-officially-official news.
"Unless he shows me something, it's pretty likely he'll be on that plane," he said.
Preakness will be Govenor Charlie's fourth race — he did not run as a 2-year-old — and first since March 24.
Last year, Baffert's
Baffert has started 13 horses in the Preakness, and won with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002) and Lookin At Lucky (2010).
Lukas' long journey
Vans carrying a third of the Preakness field pulled up to Pimlico just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Five-time Preakness winner Lukas brought Derby veterans
"It's a long little trip," the 77-year-old said.
While saying his horses had shipped well and were prepared to run, he quickly joined the growing chorus of praise for Orb and McGaughey.
"That's an exceptional horse, and in great hands," he said. "It's going to be difficult to beat him."
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