Justify Continues Preakness Prep With ‘Normal Gallop’; Bravazo Breezes ‘Real Nicely’

Five Churchill Downs-based Preakness Stakes (Grade I) contenders, led by Kentucky Derby winner Justify, continued their final preparations Sunday morning at Churchill Downs prior to shipping to Baltimore for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

Undefeated in four starts, Justify trained at 7:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) and was accompanied by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s top assistant Jimmy Barnes on the pony. The colt galloped 1 ½ miles after schooling in the gate.

“He put in a normal gallop,” Barnes said. “Once we got out of the gate we jogged down the stretch and galloped a normal 1 ½ miles.”

Earlier in the morning, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ Kentucky Derby sixth-place finisher Bravazo breezed four furlongs in :50.60 with eighth-mile splits of :13, :25.40 and 38 before a five-furlong gallop out in 1:04.80, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“I don’t really pay any attention to the splits,” Lukas said. “He did it real nicely. He just ran eight days ago so we really didn’t need to do much with him.”

Bravazo’s stablemate, Pat Day Mile (GIII) fourth, Sporting Chance galloped about 1 ½ miles after a planned breeze was aborted. The Tiznow colt is not expected to breeze prior to the Preakness, according to Lukas.

Both colts will van to Baltimore Monday at 3:30 a.m.

On Saturday evening, trainer Tom Amoss confirmed Kentucky Derby eighth-place finisher Lone Sailor would enter the Preakness. The G M B Racing-owned colt galloped 1 ½ miles at 5:30 a.m. Sunday under regular exercise rider Maurice Sanchez. Amoss also confirmed jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. would pick up the mount in the Preakness.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s Arkansas Derby (GI) fifth-place finisher Tenfold is expected to breeze Monday morning under regular exercise rider Angel Garcia, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.

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