"We're having a lot of rain, so he did a little jogging and loping around the track," Albertrani said. "Hopefully, it'll clear up a bit and he'll get to work tomorrow morning."
After watching and listening to "every single weather report" in the Metropolitan New York area, Albertrani expected to be able to send the Darley Stable's homebred colt to the track for a five-furlong breeze Wednesday.
"We still have a couple of days, but it's not important to get a stiff work into him. We just want him to stretch his legs a bit," he said.
Albertrani will be on hand at the ESPN Zone for Wednesday's selection of post positions for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, before returning to New York to supervise Bernardini's training Thursday morning. The son of A.P. Indy is scheduled to van to Pimlico Friday.The Steve Klesaris-trained Diabolical sent the son of Artax to the Fair Hill training track Tuesday for a 1 1/2-mile gallop. "He wanted to do a lot more than she was letting him do," said Klesaris. "We'll save that for Saturday."Klesaris expressed total satisfaction in his colt's preparation for his debut on the Triple Crown trail."He's very sharp and very fresh," he said. "Those are the two reasons why we're opting to run him in the Preakness."Diabolical, who'll be ridden by Ramon Dominguez Saturday, will ship to Pimlico Preakness Day.Trainer Nick Zito sent Hemingway's Key out for a 1 1/4-mile gallop Tuesday at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track. Hemingway's Key, a $210,000 purchase at Ocala in 2005, won his first two starts for Zito and George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable. He has lost his last four in graded stakes company, prompting Zito to try blinkers before his Lanes End appearance two races back. The blinkers are coming off for the Preakness.Hemingway's Key and five stablemates are scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. Wednesday after a van ride from Saratoga Springs.Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent Like Now to the Belmont Park track Tuesday for a 1 1/2-mile trot due to the sloppy track conditions. In a phone call from New York, McLaughlin said that Like Now was doing fine, and that everything remains on schedule. Like Now is scheduled to be shipped from Belmont Park to Pimlico Friday.Trainer King Leatherbury continued to play the waiting game Tuesday with Ah Day. Leatherbury has to decide by the time entries close at noon Wednesday whether to run Ah Day in the Preakness – which will require a supplemental entry fee of $100,000 – or send the gelding to the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.
"I'm going to try and do a little a little handicapping today on the race. That's going to help us decide," Leatherbury said.Ah Day galloped 1 ½ miles Tuesday at Laurel Park under exercise rider Doug Leatherman.Ah Day would have to be supplemented to the Preakness field because he was not nominated to the Triple Crown series by his co-owners, Leatherbury and the Malibu Moon Partnership.
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