R Angel Katelyn Settles In at Pimlico for $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3); Eagle Flying in From Kentucky for $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3)

R Angel Katelyn Settles In at Pimlico for $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3)
Jerkens’ Preakness Weekend Stakes Quintet Arriving Next Week
Eagle Flying in From Kentucky for $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3)
 
 BALTIMORE – Averill Racing, CCF Racing Stable and K Lauren Racing’s multiple stakes winner R Angel Katelyn arrived at historic Pimlico Race Course early Friday morning in advance of her graded stakes debut in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) Friday, May 19.
 
R Angel Katelyn, a 3-year-old daughter of High Cotton, settled into trainer Kieron Magee’s barn on the Pimlico backstretch following a 16-hour van ride from Tampa, Fla., where her trainer, Gerald Bennett, is based.
 
“I hauled the horse up myself,” Bennett said. “She shipped good. So far, everything’s good. We got in about 4 o’clock this morning. She’ll go to the track tomorrow and we’ll train her a little bit over it.”
 
Never worse than third in seven lifetime starts including five wins, four of them in stakes, R Angel Katelyn captured the seven-furlong Sophomore Fillies April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs in her most recent start. She has breezed three times since, including a half-mile in :46 4/5 on Sunday.
 
“She had a very good work. We were finishing up [the meet] at Tampa so we just let her finish out her works there,” Bennett said. “She’ll jog tomorrow and gallop up to the race to let her get a look at this racetrack. She’s fresh, she’s had a regular pattern of works and she’s doing well. Hopefully she handles this racetrack.”
 
Bennett, 73, has won 3,657 career races since 1976 with two coming in graded stakes, both by Beau Genius – the Michelin Mile and One-Eighth Handicap (G2) and Islelin Handicap (G1) in 1990. Beau Genius was also the last of 8,833 wins for late Hall of Fame rider Bill Shoemaker, coming Jan. 20, 1990 in the Hallandale Handicap at Gulfstream Park. 
 
Also pointing to the six-furlong Miss Preakness for 3-year-old fillies are the pair of Bode’s Dream and Nonna Bella from Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, Deer Valley, Our Majesty, Phone Chick, Pretty City Dancer, Tasteful, Vertical Oak and Yorkiepoo Princess.
 
Jerkens’ Preakness Weekend Stakes Quintet Arriving Next Week
 
New York-based trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Friday he plans to bring five horses to Pimlico for stakes on Preakness weekend, led by Stronach Stable’s multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) May 19.
 
Shaman Ghost breezed five furlongs in a bullet 59.05 seconds Wednesday over the training track at Belmont Park, the fastest of 10 horses. He has run twice this year, finishing second in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) behind Arrogate and winning the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) March 11 last time out.
 
Jerkens said he also expects to run DeDe McGehee’s Dolphus, a half-brother to Hall of Fame mare and 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra and the son of 2010 Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky, in the 1 3/16-mile Pimlico Special for 3-year-olds and up. Dolphus is coming off a front-running one-mile allowance victory April 23 at Aqueduct.
 
Other horses Jerkens plans to run are Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s Full House in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Summer Reading in the $100,000 Skipat, both May 19, and Allen Stable’s Secretary at War in the $100,000 James W. Murphy on the Preakness undercard May 20.
 
“We’re still working on it but I wouldn’t want to get there any later than Thursday,” Jerkens said. “I’m leaning toward Wednesday because I’d like the horses all to get a look at everything, school in the paddock and maybe get a gallop over the track. That’s what we’d like to do.”
 
Eagle Flying in From Kentucky for Pimlico Special
 
Will Farish’s Eagle will run in the Pimlico Special, said Churchill Downs-based trainer Neil Howard, who also is bringing Society Beau for the $100,000 LARC Sir Barton for 3-year-olds May 20.
 
The 5-year-old Eagle in his last start was second in Keeneland’s Ben Ali (G3) in defense of his 2016 victory. He has been second, third or fourth in eight other graded stakes, including starting this season with a pair of fourth at the Fair Grounds following a 7 1/2-month layoff.
 
Last year Eagle instead ran in Churchill Downs’ Alysheba (G2) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard and then the Stephen Foster (G1) in mid-June, finishing second in both. The timing of the Pimlico Special from the April 15 Ben Ali, which came two weeks after the New Orleans Handicap, spurred the decision to wait for the Maryland race this year.
 
“He’s doing well,” Howard said. “We ran back a little on short rest to the Ben Ali. Mr. Farish and I talked about it, so we decided to take the extra time and wait for the Special. We also were liking the mile and 3/16 for Eagle, so that was another reason.”
 
Howard won the 2003 Pimlico Special with future Horse of the Year Mineshaft and the 1990 Preakness with Summer Squall.
 
Society Beau is coming off an allowance victory at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton will mark his stakes debut.
 
“The Sir Barton is a restricted 3-year-old stakes, for non-winners of a stakes, so we thought that would be a good spot for him,” Howard said. “I’m happy with both horses, and looking forward to it.”