Aikenite Is Definite for Preakness Stakes

Aikenite Is Definite for Preakness Stakes
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Aikenite is headed to the Preakness.

Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver   will have some company when he travels to Pimlico next week for the May 15 Preakness (gr. I).

Super Saver will be joined by stablemate Aikenite  , who will give trainer Todd Pletcher another entry in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Aikenite, owned by Dogwood Stable, finished second in the Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) in his most recent start April 24.  Dogwood president Cot Campbell said the performance was good enough to earn the 3-year-old Yes It's True colt a spot in the 1 3/16th-mile Preakness. Javier Castellano has the mount.

Dogwood also owned 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall. Dampbell hopes the 20-year anniversary of the victory is a ``good omen.''

Pletcher is the first Derby-winning trainer to send two horses to the Preakness since D. Wayne Lukas entered Derby winner Charismatic and Cat Thief in 1999.


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