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Romans-Trained Preakness Duo Completes Local Preps ... Baffert Tabs Garcia ... Mission Impazible to skip Preakness

ROMANS DUO COMPLETES CHURCHILL PREPARATIONS FOR PREAKNESS – Routine gallops were the order of the day on Tuesday for a pair of Preakness contenders trained by Louisville native Dale Romans, who is looking forward to saddling his double-barreled bid for a first victory in a Triple Crown classic.

Derby Winner Super Saver Works Under Borel; Gomez Gets Acquainted with Dublin; Rachel Returns to Work Tab

DERBY WINNER SUPER SAVER WORKS THREE FURLONGS IN :36.60 – WinStar Farm’s Super Saver worked three furlongs in :36.60 under jockey Calvin Borel after renovation break over a track rated as “fast.”
Working on his own, Super Saver notched fractions of :12.40, :36.60, out a half in :49.20 and five-eighths in 1:02. The move was fifth fastest of 29 at the distance.

Pletcher's Aikenite Works for Preakness, Derby Winner Super Saver to Breeze on Monday

DOGWOOD’S PREAKNESS HOPE AIKENITE WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR PLETCHER; SUPER SAVER SET TO WORK MONDAY – Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite tuned up for an anticipated run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01.40.

Romans' First Dude Fires A Bullet In Preakness Work

FIRST DUDE WORKS BULLET FIVE-EIGHTHS FOR PREAKNESS – Donald Dizney’s First Dude punched his ticket to Baltimore with a bullet, five-furlong work in 1:00.60 under Tammy Fox after the morning renovation break.

Conveyance No Longer Being Considered for Preakness Bid ... Lenclud Celebrates First Three-Win Day

CONVEYANCE REMOVED FROM PREAKNESS CONSIDERATION – Three-time Kentucky Derby (GI)-winning trainer Bob Baffert reduced his list of Preakness prospects in half Friday morning by declaring Zabeel Racing International’s Southwest Stakes (GIII) winner Conveyance out of the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

Baffert's Lookin At Lucky, Conveyance, Lukas' Dublin Return to Track After Derby Runs

BAFFERT DERBY DUO, DUBLIN RETURN TO THE TRACK – Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky and stablemate Conveyance were back on the track Thursday morning for the first time since last Saturday’s “Run for the Roses” with both colts galloping 1 ½ miles after the renovation break under Peter Hutton.

Super Saver Returns To Track ... Romans Duo to Pimlico ... McCarthy Flying High After General Quarters' Woodford Win

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER SUPER SAVER RETURNS TO TRACK -- WinStar Farm’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner Super Saver returned to the track Wednesday morning for a leisurely jog once around the mile oval under exercise rider Kevin Willey.

Derby Trial Winner Hurricane Ike Works Five Furlongs

HURRICANE IKE WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:00.40 -- Ike and Dawn Thrash’s The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) winner Hurricane Ike tuned up for a planned run in the Preakness (GI) with a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 under Calvin Borel after the renovation break Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Barn Notes

SUPER SAVER (first), MISSION IMPAZIBLE (ninth), DEVIL MAY CARE (10th), DISCREETLY MINE (13th) – It was shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday following Kentucky Derby 136 and trainer Todd Pletcher was at his barn and overseeing his first set of horses as they readied for gallops on a stormy spring morning.

Kentucky Oaks 136 FINAL Notes

BLIND LUCK (winner) – Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Blind Luck came out of her race in fine shape and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer now can set his sights on a second half of 2010 goal for his star filly. Blind Luck captured the Oaks by a nose with a furious finish under Rafael Bejarano.