Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will bypass the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) as expected and be freshened for a summer campaign, Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds confirmed May 26.
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Follow along with Terry Finley, a minority owner of Always Dreaming and the president and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, as he experiences the 2017 Preakness Stakes from the viewpoint of the Kentucky Derby winner.
With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.
Cloud Computing moved alongside Classic Empire in the final sixteenth of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and just got his head in front at the wire. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming set the pace and finished eighth.
Claire Novak sets the scene for the 142nd Preakness Stakes. Current track condition is muddy, but no more rain is forecast.
Preakness Day 142 got off to a quiet start on the backside of Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 20, with most of the horses that will be competing later in the day in the second leg of the Triple Crown remaining in their barns.
Since Always Dreaming's Kentucky Derby triumph, there has been ample reason for both his camp and Classic Empire's to feel emboldened about the prospect of their horses throwing down something exceptional 14 days later.
For the second year in a row, the late In Excess—a former juggernaut on the California stallion scene--has figured in the first three generations of a Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (G1) winner.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including trackwork for Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and the scratch of Noble Bird from the Pimlico Special.
That Always Dreaming came home on top in the Derby might not have surprised handicappers. However, the result underscored the importance of this rapidly emerging branch of a line which is often misidentified as that of Fappiano, sire of Unbridled.
Images from the days leading up to the 142nd Preakness Stakes
The half-moon was still high in the sky when Always Dreaming went to the track at Pimlico Race Course at 5:30 a.m. the morning of May 19, putting in his final exercise in preparation for the following day’s Preakness Stakes (G1).
Bodemeister's first starters at Pimlico this weekend
Thanks in part to the lessons instilled by his former boss, trainer Todd Pletcher is nothing if not his own man now, with the enviable problem of constantly trying to kick his own bar of success to ever higher levels.
If you enjoyed the Kentucky Derby dream, no sense waking up now. You might as well keep dreaming until you are jolted back to reality, if and when that ever occurs.
They're running 15 stakes worth a combined $3.7 million at Pimlico Race Course May 19 and 20, but in terms of weather, what a difference a day will make.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including trackwork for Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, Multiplier, Conquest Mo Money, Lookin At Lee, and Hence.
Todd Pletcher is taking a cue from Always Dreaming in that he, like his high-energy charge, have about had it with the minutiae leading into the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and are ready to just run the race.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming was assigned post 4 and installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite May 17 at the post position draw for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
While the short rest between the first two legs of the Triple Crown has been a popular lament over the years, the modern history of the Preakness Stakes reflects a trend that is actually most unkind to the oft-proclaimed "new shooters."
Always Dreaming turned in another strong 1 1/2-mile gallop over the Pimlico Race Course main track May 17 as he readies for his start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).,
As activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise.
After some calm, controlled training through his first week or so at Pimlico Race Course, Always Dreaming was back to his energetic, hard-to-handle self May 15 in Baltimore.
- By Steve Haskin
Todd Pletcher and old-school training have never exactly been synonymous. Pletcher is known for being a conservative trainer, preferring long periods of time between races.
Always Dreaming's gallop one time around the Pimlico main track May 14 was another spin within himself, unlike his unruly gallops at Churchill Downs, but exercise rider Nick Bush still felt his strength and eagerness to run.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming resumed his regular training schedule for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1), galloping 1 1/4 miles over the sloppy sealed track at Pimlico Race Course May 13.
A sloppy track forced trainer Todd Pletcher to cancel his plan to gallop Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming May 12 at Pimlico Race Course.
Spending a day with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming's dam, Above Perfection, at Dromoland Farm.
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course May 11, in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
After his impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Always Dreaming is the biggest mover in the third edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, drawing a rating of 122.
As I have done the past several years, I thought it would be interesting to go back week by week and re-live the observations, race reports, workout reports, and any news regarding the eventual Kentucky Derby winner.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming got acquainted with the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course May 10 during a light jog in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Derby week a perfect time to grow the sport
Always Dreaming, winner of the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), departed Churchill Downs at 6:40 a.m. May 9 for the short ride to Louisville International Airport and a flight that would take him to Baltimore.
Always Dreaming is the new leader in the NTRA 3-Year Old Poll, Arrogate remains first in Top Thoroughbred Poll
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner is latest major stakes winner bought at auction by agent Steve Young.
What's it like to own the horse that wins the Kentucky Derby? Follow along with Terry Finley, whose West Point Thoroughbreds is a minority owner of Always Dreaming, as he experiences the joy of a in the run for the roses at Churchill Downs.
To "peak in the Derby" was a main part of the strategy Pletcher and owners Anthony Bonomo and Vinnie Viola laid out for Always Dreaming this winter.
Steve shares stories about the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.
Impressive Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner (G1) Always Dreaming will head to historic Pimlico Race Course for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20.
Trainer Todd Pletcher stated all was well with newly minted Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming the morning after the colt's stirring triumph in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby runners Always Dreaming, Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway, Classic Empire, and more.
Relive Always Dreaming's victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Kentucky Derby 143 post race press conference featuring the connections of winner Always Dreaming.
Claire Novak recaps Always Dreaming's win in Kentucky Derby 143 and shares post race details.
Following a tracking trip under John Velazquez, Always Dreaming took command in the stretch to score a 2 3/4-length victory in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
The term "wide-open" has been tossed about the Churchill Downs backstretch like a baseball of late whenever the connections of Kentucky Derby aspirants are asked about the complexion of this year's Run for the Roses.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Steve announces his final selections and wagers for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
|Trainer||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Jockey||John R. Velazquez|
|Owner||MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St Elias, Siena Farm and West Point|
|Breeder||Santa Rosa Partners|
|Always Dreaming View Five-Cross Pedigree||Bodemeister||Empire Maker|
|Above Perfection||In Excess (IRE)|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Steven W. Young, agent||Dromoland Farm, agent||$350,000|
|Lookin At Lee|
|Conquest Mo Money|
|Term of Art|