Small Preakness Field Could Include Derby Runner-Up Good Magic

Twenty minutes after 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up Good Magic, said it was unlikely that last year’s 2-year-old champion would go on to Pimlico. However, Sunday morning after examining the son of Curlin – winner of the 2007 Preakness – Brown said he wanted to take a little more time to consider his options. Brown won the 2017 Preakness with Cloud Computing.

“I’ve got an idea, but I’ve got to wait until I talk to the owners,” Brown said. The colt is co-owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and his breeder, Stonestreet Farm.

“I’ll get their thoughts on it and let them weigh in on it,” he said. “I’ll tell them what I see and see what they want to do. I think for me to rule it out this morning would be foolish. I don’t want to get into a situation where I commit to one way or another and I change my mind. I want to give myself a little room to really observe the horse. The horse will tell us.”

In the Derby, Good Magic loomed a threat approaching the quarter pole but was never able to reach Justify. Even after the eventual winner put him away, last year’s champion 2-year-old ran on determinedly to hold the place spot over Audible.

“It felt like this horse was coming into the race by far the best we’d ever seen him,” trainer Chad Brown said. “He was by far our best chance going in but it just happened that it was one of the strongest fields we’ve seen in a long time.”

Brown was very pleased with the decision-making of Eclipse Award winner Jose Ortiz. Trainer and jockey had agreed that Justify was the horse to beat and that they couldn’t let him get too far in front of them even if it meant pushing a bit faster than they’d like.

“I could feel their confidence and I could feel all week that they thought their horse was so much the best,” Brown said. “We kept Justify in close range.”

Coming to the quarter-pole Ortiz wanted an opening that Bolt d’Oro beat him to, leaving Good Magic no choice but to go around horses.

“It probably cost us a couple lengths but I still can’t imagine a scenario where Justify wouldn’t have still been able to fend us off, how strong he was in the stretch,” Brown said. “That’s one critical part of the race but not the deciding factor. Other than that, though, that’s a pretty good trip for the Derby.”

Brown was pleased with what he saw from Good Magic this morning and said the Curlin colt will return to his Belmont Park base on Monday along with his other most recognizable names that raced at Churchill Downs the first week of the meet.

“He came out of the race real well,” Brown said. “We just took him out of the stall for a jog and he’s sound, which is a relief in a race like that, with a sealed track and all. He looks really good.”

As for the remainder of the Triple Crown, no decisions will be made until Brown gets a chance to observe how Good Magic bounces back over the next week.

“I want him back in New York and that gives me time to decide what’s next,” Brown said. “I want to provide the owners with as much information as possible about what I see and then let them decide. You run a horse back in two weeks off an effort like this, even if he’s not going to run for a while, it doesn’t mean it’s good for the horse long-term. That said, his sire came back in two weeks and won the Preakness.”

Regardless of the Preakness, a Belmont run is highly unlikely.

“Whether we run in the Preakness will have no bearing on the Belmont,” Brown said. “I don’t see a mile-and-a-half for this horse.”

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he expects to have two Preakness runners, Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, who was sixth in the Derby, and Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance, who was fourth in the Pat Day Mile (G3) on Saturday. Lukas picked up the first of his six Preakness wins with Codex in 1980.

Also considered as probables for the Preakness Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner and Arkansas Derby (G1) runner-up Quip and Federico Tesio winner Diamond King. Quip, co-owned by China Horse Club, WinStar and SF Racing, had enough points to qualify for the Derby, but his owners opted to give him a little more time to recover from the Arkansas Derby on April 7 and point to the Preakness. Since WinStar also owns Justify, the farm’s CEO Elliott Walden said the plan for Quip had not been formalized.

“I hesitate to say right now. We’ll see how the week plays out,” Walden said. “My first inclination is to go ahead and run him, but we need to talk to our partners and see. But we’d set the horse up to run in the Preakness and he worked very well on Thursday. If Justify is supposed to win the Triple Crown, he’ll beat Quip. I just think you try to manage your horses the best you can and that it’s the right thing for Quip. Not making a final decision today. The horse is doing really well, and we’ll see.”

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