Preakness 2017: Gunnevera poised to bounce back

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he had his first anxious moment since the Derby on Monday, when Kentucky Derby victor and Preakness favorite Always Dreaming stumbled at the beginning of his 1 1/2-mile gallop over the Pimlico main track.

Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby.

Bloodstock agent Steve Young, who signed the $350,000 ticket on Always Dreaming at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was among those accompanying Pletcher to and from the track as the Derby victor trained Tuesday morning.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming got a bit rambunctious while stepping onto the track at Pimlico for a gallop ahead of this weekend's Preakness. "Everything we've done with him, he's really, really excelled at".

"Yesterday was a little different environment, [which] maybe had him a little fired up". The troubles he experienced in Florida seem to be behind him now.

Pletcher has decided Always Dreaming won't have a timed workout - known as a breeze - before the Preakness. "I'm always a little apprehensive the first time the horse goes out to the track, especially when you come to a place like Pimlico that's got all kinds of tents and stuff to look at". He needed four races to break his maiden, and in his only other stakes he ran sixth in a weak Louisiana Derby, whose 1-2 finishers, Girvin and Patch, were 13th and 14th, respectively at Churchill.

That sentiment was shared by assistant trainer Norman Casse, who is overseeing the training at Pimlico.

"Everything about him physically is ideal", Casse said. "And we sure didn't change our minds because of the results of the Derby". He's more aggressive. He's more on the bridle. Barely out of the gate, he had a meltdown, started bucking, and never really got started, much less finishing.

"It's always a fairer race". Unlike then, he made a decision to come here early, sending the horse three days after the Derby, to get acclimated.

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That works for Pletcher, as taciturn a trainer as there is in horse racing today.

"It's like the tank's filling back up to me", Bush said.

Last year, the Preakness Stakes was labeled as the next meeting in the intense rivalry between two West Coast colts, Nyquist and Exaggerator, who ran first and second in the Kentucky Derby.

Under regular jockey Jorge Carreno, the Uncle Mo colt separated himself from the pack in the overall composure category.

Tom and Sandra McKenna, who own Conquest Mo Money, feel the same way about the New York-bred they snagged last November for a measly $8,500 at Conquest Stable's dispersal sale. "We're fit. We just want to be in a nice rhythm and moving well".

"Luckily I had a stranglehold on him. He's so calm. He doesn't get too excited about anything".

At this moment, before Wednesday's post position draw and the Baltimore weather forecast, the horse he probably has to fear the most is Classic Empire.

Hence was one of the colts whose poor start in the crowded Derby field over a sloppy track doomed him to a lackluster finish - he was 11th at Churchill Downs. I mean, we were elated with the 14 hole and it ended up being our undoing. In the wake of In Reality's Florida campaign, Harold Genter told sports columnist Robert Markus, of his hometown Chicago Tribune, that his preference was to wait for the Preakness.

"I've tasted what it's like to think we are going to win the Kentucky Derby", said Corey Lanerie, who rides Lookin At Lee. "Sometimes you don't know - it depends on how the track is playing on a particular day - whether the inside is better, whether the outside is better, or if speed is better".

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