‘He’s Taking Us Everywhere’: Conquest Mo Money Records Final Preakness Prep In Iowa

Tom and Sandra McKenna's 3-year-old Conquest Mo Money has been biding his time this Triple Crown season, as the son of Uncle Mo's owners decided to skip the Kentucky Derby and point straight to the Preakness. The colt had a closely-timed, hard-fought campaign to earn enough points to get in to the Derby field, running second in both the G3 Sunland Derby and G1 Arkansas Derby just three weeks apart, and McKenna said that the Run for the Roses, just three weeks after the Arkansas Derby, would have been asking too much of the young horse.

Instead, Conquest Mo Money has been training at Prairie Meadows Racecourse in Altoona, IA, where he recorded his final workout before the Preakness on Friday morning. According to bloodhorse.com, the colt worked a half-mile in :48 2/5 under regular jockey Jorge Carreno, who will have the mount next Saturday.

“Sunland Park, Oaklawn, here—he's taking us everywhere,” said Miguel Hernandez, who operates a private training stable for the McKenna's Judge Lanier Racing Stable. “In the beginning he wasn't getting a hold of the track (at Prairie Meadows), because it's different than Sunland, but he's going good right now. Sunland Park is like dirt and Prairie Meadows is like sand—loose and cuppy. But now that he's used to it, we hope it's like Pimlico.”

Since Conquest Mo Money, an $8,500 purchase from the Conquest Stables dispersal at the Keeneland November sale, is not Triple Crown nominated, the McKennas will have to pay a supplementary fee of $150,000 to enter the Preakness Stakes. Had they chosen to run in the Kentucky Derby, that fee would have been $200,000.

Conquest Mo Money finishing up work at @PrairieMeadows … 4F in 48.2 under regular rider Jorge Carreno, trainer Miguel Hernandez “pleased.” pic.twitter.com/R46arU2vu1

— Prairie Meadows (@prmracing) May 12, 2017

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