Percy Hope Works, Preakness 'a Go'
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2001 10:50 AM
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2001 4:54 PM
Photo: Associated Press
Percy Hope, en route to winning the Lone Star Derby.
Percy Hope worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 for trainer Tony Reinstedler at Pimlico Sunday. After the work, Reinstedler said "it's a go" for the Lone Star Derby winner to race in the Preakness.
Jon Court was aboard the colt for the work, which went in splits of :11 4/5, :23 3/5, and :35 with a gallop out time of 1:00, according to the Pimlico clockers.
"It was a very good work and he did it well within himself," said Reinstedler. "He'll walk tomorrow and probably Tuesday as well, although he might jog a little bit Tuesday. He'll train again on Wednesday. It was the right thing to do to pass the Derby. I wanted to have a horse for the whole year."
By winning the Lone Star Derby, Percy Hope became eligible for a $1 million bonus should he go on to win a leg of the Triple Crown series.
After watching Percy Hope work, Reinstedler flew to Kentucky, where he had a horse entered at Churchill Downs. He will return to Maryland on Tuesday evening, with assistant Leslie Davis overseeing the colt until then.
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