Monarchos Keeps Training Regimen
Photo: AP/Roberto Borea
Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, with Bryan Beccia aboard, gallops at Pimlico on Thursday.
If it isn't broke, why fix it? Trainer John Ward indicated that Monarchos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) off a light work tab, would likely repeat that winning formula in the week leading up to the second jewel of the Triple Crow, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

"It obviously worked well for the three weeks between the Wood Memorial (gr. II) and the Derby. Why shouldn't it work for the two weeks between the Derby and Preakness?" asked the winning trainer. "He gets so much out of his gallops because he goes at almost a two-minute lick every day. We'll see -- if I think he needs to do a little more to get down into the track, we'll work him a slow half-mile."

Ward said he would not try to change Monarchos' running style for the shorter Preakness, instead relying on the colt's versatility and ease of traveling. "He's like a motorcycle weaving through traffic. He drops down in his stride and works his way out of traffic without losing speed. He's able to maneuver laterally inside or outside. I think sometimes he's on roller blades rather than hooves."

Ward added that watching the replay of the Derby sends chills up his spine.

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