Joined by Five Others Including Swiss Skydiver, Art Collector
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic and five other horses running in Saturday’s Preakness (G1) arrived at Pimlico Race Course at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday evening after a flight from Louisville, Kentucky.
Authentic, the favorite in Saturday’s 145th running of the Preakness, was joined by the 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver, Blue Grass (G2) winner Art Collector, Haskell (G1) runner-up Ny Traffic, Mr. Big News, third in the Kentucky Derby, and Thousand Words, a late scratch from the Derby.
Trainer Bob Baffert, trainer of Authentic and Thousand Words, joined his horses on the flight to Baltimore and the van to Pimlico.
“They actually traveled really well. I came on the horse plane and hadn’t done that for 18, 19 years,” Baffert said. “Thousand Words was fine. Authentic was pretty ramped up because he worked yesterday so he had an off day and he was pretty wild. He looks at everything. He was dragging me around here when he got off the van, He’s definitely not tired. He’s a good feeling horse. He sees things before you do so you have to be on your toes at all times.”
Video of Authentic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ-3qQmAzBs&feature=youtu.be
Authentic and Art Collector are expected to head to the track at approximately 8:30 Wednesday morning.
Swiss Skydiver will attempt to become only the sixth filly to win the Preakness, the first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009.