Al­ways Dream­ing much hap­pier

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

BAL­TI­MORE — Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing has gone for a rou­tine gal­lop ahead of the Preak­ness, which trainer Todd Pletcher sees as a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.

Pletcher says “ev­ery­thing went very smoothly” with Al­ways Dream­ing on Tues­day, say­ing he had “good energy” and a “good con­trolled gal­lop.”

That hasn’t al­ways been the case for the dark bay colt who figures to be heav­ily favoured in Satur­day’s Preak­ness.

The colt, who is 4-for-4 this sea­son, tends to be overly ag­gres­sive in his morn­ing ex­er­cise. That was the case Monday when he took a slight stum­ble at the start and tried to buck off the ex­er­cise rider.

On Tues­day, Al­ways Dream­ing was all busi­ness for the 1½-mile gal­lop.

Pletcher says: “He was mov­ing re­ally well. As they say: It was ex­actly what we were look­ing for.”

Post po­si­tions will be drawn Wed­nes­day.


Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing is washed af­ter train­ing for the up­com­ing Preak­ness Stakes.

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