After traveling together from Louisville to Baltimore May 14, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contenders Ria Antonia, Bayern , Dynamic Impact, and Pablo Del Monte all stretched their legs May 15 on a cloudy day at Pimlico Race Course.
Loooch Racing and Christopher Dunn's Ria Antonia, the lone filly in the field of 10, was first of the group to head to the track under cover of thick fog around 6:30 a.m. EDT. The adjudged Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner and daughter of Rockport Harbor jogged the wrong way in preparation for her first start for trainer Tom Amoss. She drew post 6 under Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel in the Preakness and is 30-1 on the morning line off a sixth-place finish in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Dynamic Impact, Bayern, and Pablo Del Monte were all on the track around 8:30 a.m. following the rennovation break.
Assistant trainer Norm Casse kept a watchful eye on Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Dynamic Impact, who turned in an earnest gallop. Casse traveled with the colt for his April 19 victory in Chicagoland over California rival Midnight Hawk, and supervised his training at Churchill Downs before arriving at Pimlico. The son of Tiznow was making his first stakes start in the Illinois Derby after breaking his maiden in his fifth attempt; Miguel Mena has the mount from the rail in this spot aboard the 12-1 shot.
"I thought he looked fantastic; he's a really cool horse and he was just soaking it all in," Casse reported. "I thought he handled the racetrack and all the attention very well, and we're just excited to have a chance to be in this race."
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, disqualified from first to second in the April 28 Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, went out for a smooth and long-striding gallop under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez with assistant Jimmy Barnes leading him to and from the oval. The Offlee Wild colt gets blinkers off in this next start for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, and is 10-1 on the morning line from post 5 with Rosie Napravnik in the irons.
Pablo Del Monte, whose Coolmore connections and trainer Wesley Ward opted to pass the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in favor of the second jewel in the Triple Crown, also galloped over the track. A son of Giant's Causeway who was third in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on Polytrack last time out, he leaves the 9 hole under Jeffrey Sanchez and is 20-1 on the morning line.