Santa Anita Derby Winner Likely To Arrive in Baltimore Around Midnight
BALTIMORE, 05-06-13---Goldencents, a contender for the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 18, began his journey to Pimlico Race Course Monday afternoon at 3:17 when he boarded an airport-bound van at Churchill Downs. The Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner, who finished a disappointing 17th in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1), was scheduled to fly from Louisville to New York before vanning to Pimlico Monday evening.
Goldencents’ trainer, Doug O’Neill, will be seeking his second straight success in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, having saddled Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to a stirring triumph over Bodemeister in the 1 3/16-mile classic last year.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson will be overseeing the barn for Team O’Neill until the conditioner arrives from California. Sisterson is driving to Baltimore from Louisville and is expected to be at Pimlico around 5 p.m. He said the flight to New York is scheduled to land at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, meaning Goldencents will likely arrive at Pimlico around midnight.
Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place Kentucky Derby finisher, accompanied Goldencents on the van and flight to New York. Trainer Chad Brown earlier in the day reported that a start in the Preakness is under consideration since the son of Tapit came out of his strong Derby effort in good order.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.