Percy Hope, en route to winning the Lone Star Derby.

Percy Hope, en route to winning the Lone Star Derby.

Associated Press

Percy Hope Works, Preakness 'a Go'

Percy Hope worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 for trainer Tony Reinstedler at Pimlico Sunday. After the work, Reinstedler said "it's a go" for the Lone Star Derby winner to race in the Preakness.

Jon Court was aboard the colt for the work, which went in splits of :11 4/5, :23 3/5, and :35 with a gallop out time of 1:00, according to the Pimlico clockers.

"It was a very good work and he did it well within himself," said Reinstedler. "He'll walk tomorrow and probably Tuesday as well, although he might jog a little bit Tuesday. He'll train again on Wednesday. It was the right thing to do to pass the Derby. I wanted to have a horse for the whole year."

By winning the Lone Star Derby, Percy Hope became eligible for a $1 million bonus should he go on to win a leg of the Triple Crown series.

After watching Percy Hope work, Reinstedler flew to Kentucky, where he had a horse entered at Churchill Downs. He will return to Maryland on Tuesday evening, with assistant Leslie Davis overseeing the colt until then.