Derby Trial winner Hull will make his next start in the Preakness.

Derby Trial winner Hull will make his next start in the Preakness.

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Unbeaten Hull Joins Preakness Cast

Edited press release

Hull, who is unbeaten in three starts by a total of 16 lengths this season for trainer Dale Romans, will line up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stables, Team Valor International, and Gary Barber, the Kentucky-bred son of Holy Bull won the April 25 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs by four lengths in his last start.

After winning his Fair Grounds debut Feb. 7 and taking a Turfway Park allowance/optional claimer April 2, Hull was an intended starter for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, but he drew the outside post position and was withdrawn.

Based on the result of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the known new players available to contest the Preakness, Hull’s connections have decided to enter the colt in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Romans plans to breeze the colt May 9 at Churchill Downs and have him flown from Kentucky to Maryland the Wednesday before the Preakness. “I won’t do too much with him,” said the Louisville-based trainer. “He’s fit.”

Miguel Mena, who has been aboard the bay colt for his last two wins, has been given the call to ride Hull in the Preakness.