Exercise rider Nick Bush has been pleased with the morning workouts he has seen from Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, as they prepare for the Preakness Stakes (G1). Bush said Always Dreaming has been enthusiastic and shown strength during their morning time together.
“Leading up to the Derby, he was a little more on it, because it’s Churchill Downs and there’s more traffic. Here it’s more quiet,” said Bush. “But he still feels the same. He still feels good and he still feels (powerful). So I think the tank is filling back up.
“Today we went around there and he was pulling on me like he wanted to go farther.”
Also happy with Always Dreaming is his trainer, Todd Pletcher, who stressed how important the peace and quiet at Pimlico has been.
“We got the quiet environment that we were looking for here and he’s settled in very well,” said Pletcher. “Each gallop day has been progressively better. He’s showed us everything we’d hoped he’d show. He has good energy, good appetite, (he’s) moving good, and in good shape today. He’s checking off those boxes.”
Always Dreaming will keep galloping into the Preakness, said Pletcher, who also made note that the gallops will be mixed in with schooling sessions.
“We’ll stretch his gallops out a little, like we did this morning,” said Pletcher. “We’re not going to do anything too exciting. We’ll continue on that path—just some routine gallops and we’ll paddock school him sometime this week.”
The 2017 Preakness Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, May 20.