Peter Callahan’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Swiss Skydiver is bound for the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Coursefollowing a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, according to fitness instructor Kenny McPeek.She was among a number of leading 3-year-olds to run at Churchill Downs Saturday towards a start in the 1 3/16-mile race, which will be the last gem of the Triple Crown this year after COVID-19 scheduling adjustments. Also breezing Saturday was Bruce Lunsford’s Toyota Blue Yard Stakes( G2)winner Art Collector and Albaugh Home Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s numerous graded stakes winner Thousand Words. Daily Racing Type’s Marty McGee at first reported that McPeek had really committed Swiss Skydiver to the race. The physical fitness instructor had actually been weighing whether to run her there or furthermore a stakes race at Keeneland. McPeek verified in a Saturday afternoon text to BloodHorse that she would run in the Preakness, while keeping in mind,”Making plans. Some details pending.” Swiss Skydiver will search for to end up being merely the sixth lady
to win the classic. Rachel Alexandra was the last filly to win the Preakness throughout her Horse of the Year job in 2009. Fillies are spent for a weight break under the race conditions. They bring 123 pounds, three less than males.Also at Churchill, Art Collector, with Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle for fitness instructor Tommy Drury, worked a half-mile in:48 while the Bob Baffert-trained Thousand Words breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00 3/5 under Florent Geroux. Art Collector, a 3-year-old boy of Bernardini, overcame portions of:12 2/5,:24 2/5, and:35 4/5. The five-time winner galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13 3/5
.”He impresses you each time he heads out there, “stated Hernandez. “He merely does whatever so simple. He knows his job. As soon as once again today, he got under the wire and leapt up and got rid of when again. He comprehends what the pattern has been with him
and he’s participated in the regular and does his own thing out there.”Art Collector was scheduled to run in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Offered by Woodford Reserve (G1)however was withdrawn on the early morning of entries with a minor foot problem, activated when he nicked the bulb of his left front heel in a regular gallop. Thousand Words, scratched from the Kentucky Derby after he kipped down the paddock, worked with blinkers on through portions of:11 4/5,:24 2/5, and:48 1/5. He finished his handle a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:13 3/5. His breeze was much faster than a Sept. 19 drill in which he went five furlongs in 1:02 2/5.”I believed he worked a lot much better today with blinkers,”Geroux mentioned.”Last week was his extremely first work over the track so he didn’t wear them but went incredibly simple. It was a bit more of a severe work today. “The kid of Pioneerof the
Nile raced without blinkers in 2 starts this summertime season after using them for racing throughout the winter and spring. Baffert mentioned he has actually passed by whether Thousand Words will use blinkers if he goes into the Preakness.The Hall of Popularity fitness instructor is going for his record-breaking 8th success in the Preakness with Thousand Words and Genuine, winner of the Kentucky Derby.Genuine is set up
for his final pre-Preakness work Sept. 28, however Baffert stated that he may move the breeze ahead to Sept. 27 due to the fact that there is rain in the Louisville forecast.Thousand Words and Genuine have resided in the barn of fitness instructor D. Wayne Lukas for much of the previous few weeks after Baffert sent most of his Churchill stable of horses back to his routine base at Santa Anita Park. 7 3-year-olds thought about prospective Preakness beginners presently are at Churchill Downs prior to they fly to Baltimore Sept. 29. They are(with trainer): Art Collector( Drury), Authentic(Baffert ), Excession (Steve Asmussen ), Max Gamer (Asmussen ), Mr. Big News(Bret Calhoun), Swiss Skydiver(McPeek), and Thousand Words( Baffert ). Horses stabled elsewhere under active consideration for the race include Nation Grammer(Chad Brown), Jesus ‘Team (Jose D’Angelo), Liveyourbeastlife( Jorge Abreu), Ny Traffic (Saffie Joseph Jr.), and Pneumatic (Asmussen). Brown mentioned Paul Pompa Jr.’s Nation Grammer will be running in the Preakness following a half-mile breeze in:50.25 Saturday at Belmont Park, Country Grammer won the Peter Pan Stakes(G3)on the opening day of the Saratoga Race Course satisfy however then completed fifth in the Runhappy Travers Stakes(G1)in his last start.”Hemore than likely bounced in the Travers and required more time in between races. He’s had rest and is breezing along with he has all year. The owner, Paul Pompa, was eager to take a shot with no other choices and I do not disagree,”Brown said.” We constantly thought he was a horse who would run a mile-and-an-eighth to a mile-and-a-quarter and there aren’t great deals of other opportunities left.”Also Saturday, Liveyourbeastlife went 6 furlongs at Belmont Park in 1:16 1/5, and Jesus ‘Group went 5 furlongs in 1:03 2/5 at Monmouth Park.