General a Rod to run in Preakness Stakes

May 9, 2014 

Kentucky Derby Horse Racing

Exercise rider Joel Barrientos rode General a Rod before the Kentucky Derby.


  • PREAKNESS Stakes

    When: May 17 at 6:18 p.m.

    Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

    TV: NBC-18

The list of prospects for the 139th Preakness Stakes grew to 10 Friday when Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing confirmed that General a Rod would compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

General a Rod, trained by Mike Maker, finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday but showed so much energy this week that Maker recommended that he go on to the Preakness run at Pimlico Race Course on May 17.

"The bottom line is that Mike thinks the horse is in good order after the Derby, and he thinks the race will suit him," Wolf said.

Javier Castellano, the leading jockey in America, has the mount in the Preakness. Castellano, who rode Bernardini to victory in 2006, will be making his third appearance in Maryland's historic race.

General a Rod is scheduled to be flown from Kentucky to Baltimore, Md., on Monday with two other Derby horses: the winner, California Chrome, and Ride On Curlin, who finished seventh in the 19-horse field.

In the Kentucky Derby, General a Rod, who had been effective running near the pace, was never able to get into a contending position at Churchill Downs. He had a troubled trip and had to be steadied twice by jockey Joel Rosario. It was the first time in his six career starts that he did not finish in the top three.

In other Preakness news:

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome galloped 1½ miles over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Friday with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.

"He was strong this morning," said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman.

Upon his arrival at Pimlico, California Chrome will be bedded down in Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes Barn, traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner.

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