(from Churchill Downs notes)
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Racecar Rhapsody worked five furlongs in 1:01 after the morning renovation break May 10 at Churchill Downs under Jose Castanon. The move was the third fastest of 29 at the distance.
“He worked well,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “He laid off another horse and finished strong.”
Robby Albarado, who has ridden Racecar Rhapsody in all six of his starts, has the call for the May 17 Preakness.
A Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat , Racecar Rhapsody is owned by Jerry Carroll, Stan Kaplan, Ronald Plattner, and Mark Guilfoyle. He never has been worse than fourth in his career. The largest margin in which he has been beaten was four lengths in the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 22 in his 2008 debut. Racecar Rhapsody has compiled a record of 6-1-1-1, with earnings of $148,391.
“He’s a nice horse, but he’s a horse that comes from behind and needs a clean trip,” McPeek said. “He needs plenty of ground.”
The 1 3/16-mile distance of the Preakness would be the longest he has run. Racecar Rhapsody is scheduled to ship to Pimlico May 14.