Eagles coach visits Derby winner at Fair Hill

Everything is 'going good' for Animal Kingdom, Motion says

May 13, 2011|By From Sun Staff Reports

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom had a special visitor Friday when Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid stopped by to watch the colt go out for his morning exercise at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton.

Trainer Graham Motion said Animal Kingdom jogged a half-mile and galloped a mile with a pony and another horse to keep him company.

"Everything seems to be going good," Motion said. "Hopefully he's oblivious to what is going on around him."

Motion has been happy to talk about the sport of horse racing this week.

"I don't think you anticipate what the aftermath of the Derby is. If you ever think about winning the Derby, I don't think you expect what the week would be like after this," he said. "It's not something you would know ahead of time."

Motion said he has not decided whether he will work Animal Kingdom prior to next Saturday's Preakness.

Other Preakness hopefuls were out for workouts Friday at various tracks:

•Trainer Chris Grove of Frederick brought colt Norman Asbjornson to Pimlico Race Course by van from Bowie Training Center for his final workout before next Saturday's race.

With jockey Julian Pimentel aboard, the horse breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.

"He'd didn't have any company. It was educational for him," Grove said.

After cooling, Norman Asbjornson was vanned back to Bowie, where he will remain until Preakness morning.

"He went good and handled the track good. He did it pretty easily," Pimentel said. "He finished up good."

•Mr. Commons became a Preakness candidate following a seven-furlong workout at Hollywood Park.

"He did it very well, except he was a little strong in the middle part of the work," trainer John Shirreffs said. "The horse couldn't have blown a candle out when he got back to the barn. He's very fit."

He is scheduled to be flown from California to Kentucky on Tuesday before spending the night in Kentucky and completing his journey on Wednesday.

Victor Espinoza has the mount in the Preakness.

•Dialed In galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Carlos Correa up.

Trainer Nick Zito, winner of the 1996 Preakness with Louis Quatorze, has seen no negatives from Dialed In, who finished eighth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby.

Dialed In, who captured the Holy Bull (G3) and Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, will be eligible for a $6.1 million payday with a victory in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown under the conditions of the Preakness 5.5, a bonus series offered by MI Developments.

•Mucho Macho Man, third-place finisher in the Derby, jogged a mile and galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Mike Herra over the training track at Belmont Park.

"I love the training track and he does, too. He likes the training track a lot. That's where he trained for the Nashua and Remsen," said trainer Kathy Ritvo.

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