If you're looking for a live longshot for the 127th Preakness, who is talented and fresh and in good hands, then look no farther than Equality, who turned in a solid six-furlong work in 1:13 4/5 at Pimlico Sunday.
Equality has not run since finishing an unlucky second in the $250,000 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 6. Trained by Graham Motion, the son of Mt. Livermore previously had won the Tampa Bay Derby impressively, and before that romped by 16 1/2 lengths in a Gulfstream allowance race.
Motion said he was expecting the colt to go "a tick faster" after breezing six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 last Sunday at Delaware Park, but was happy with the way the colt handled the track.
"The track seemed to be playing slower than I thought," he said. "I wanted to get two good six-furlong works in him and that's what I got. He went off pretty sensible today, and the clockers caught his last half in :48. I haven't backed off him any; he hasn't had any down time. I'm not going to go out on a limb and say he can beat these horses, but he certainly warrants the chance off his last three races.
"The Derby winner was very impressive, winning under a hand ride. But other than him, I think the others still have something to prove, so it's worth taking a shot. I'm just hoping, like everyone else, that someone runs with him. It certainly sounds as if John Ward is going to (with Booklet)."
Motion said Equality will walk on Monday, jog Tuesday, and start back galloping on Wednesday.
In other Preakness news, Neil Drysdale said he and owner Koji Maeda still have not reached a decision whether to run Sunday Break in the Preakness or wait for the Peter Pan Stakes on May 25. California invader Menacing Dennis was originally scheduled to ship to Baltimore on Saturday, but will now arrive on Tuesday.