Always Dreaming Takes to the Pimlico Track for Light Exercise

Kentucky Derby Champ Jogs Clockwise Once Around with Pony
Trainer Todd Pletcher Slated to Supervise 6 a.m. Gallop Thursday 
 
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming got acquainted with the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday morning during a light jog in preparation for a scheduled start in the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20.
 
Owned by MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt jogged clockwise once around the track under exercise rider Nick Bush and in the company of a pony.
 
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Ginny DePasquale, Pletcher’s longtime assistant trainer, supervised the 6:30 a.m. training session on the day after arriving from Churchill Downs.
 
“He looked good. He was bright, alert, checking things out, jogging with the pony,” said DePasquale, who has been employed by the Pletcher stable for 20 years. “He was ready to go. The pony had to hang on to him, because he wanted to do a little more. We’re happy with the way he went this morning.
 
Always Dreaming, who has won all four of his 2017 starts by a combined 23 ¼ lengths, has impressed DePasquale with his post-Derby physical condition.
 
“The race, I think, took nothing out of him. We’re happy. He bounced back almost immediately,” she said.
 
Always Dreaming is scheduled to gallop at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, when Pletcher is expected to be on hand to observe his second Derby winner’s second trip to the Pimlico racetrack.