BALTIMORE — Friesan Fire will run in Saturday's Preakness Stakes two weeks after finishing next-to-last as the wagering favorite in the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Larry Jones announced his decision Tuesday morning after Friesan Fire worked out at Pimlico with jockey Gabriel Saez aboard.
Friesan Fire went 5 furlongs in in :582⁄5.
Jones said he liked what he saw and that Friesan Fire has fully recovered from injuries he sustained in the Derby. The colt was sent off as the betting favorite in the field of 19, but he got banged around at the start and injured his left front hoof. He also had several cuts on his legs.
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Before his disappointing finish in the Derby, Friesan Fire swept the prep season at Fair Grounds, including the Louisiana Derby.
Papa Clem slows it down
Papa Clem turned in a slow workout Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. The Arkansas Derby winner went 5 furlongs in 1:05 at Pimlico. Trainer Gary Stute didn't seem concerned about the Derby's fourth-place finisher.
"I was hoping for a faster time, but I'm not worried about it," he said. "The track may have been a little slow if you look at the earlier works. All his workouts before the Derby were bad except for the last one. Coming back from the Derby in two weeks, I just mainly wanted him to get a feel for the track."
Musket Man works
Musket Man had his final major drill Tuesday at Monmouth Park, a sharp half-mile work in 463⁄5 seconds.
"It went perfect, just what I wanted," trainer Derek Ryan said. "I haven't run any horses at Pimlico in quite a while, but it's a similar track to Monmouth. I've won a couple stakes there."
Ryan is hoping for a dry track. He feels the sloppy track at the Derby compromised Musket Man, who finished a nose behind second-place Pioneerof the Nile.
Rose will ride Terrain
Jeremy Rose, who guided Afleet Alex to victory in the 2005 Preakness, will ride Terrain. Trainer Al Stall Jr. was looking for a rider with Triple Crown experience.
"He has won the race, and he knows the track there," Stall said.
Julien Leparoux, the rider for Terrain's two starts this season, has the call on General Quarters in the Preakness.
■ Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has named Jamie Theriot to ride Luv Gov in the Preakness.