Joel Rosario, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby aboard General a Rod, will have the Preakness mount aboard Ride On Curlin.
Trainer Billy Gowan was not happy with the ride three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel gave the colt during his seventh-place finish on Saturday. Ride On Curlin broke from the No. 19 post and dropped back to last as Borel took the colt straight to the rail.
"I told him before the race that he had three-eighths of a mile to work his way over," Gowan said.
Gowan said Ride On Curlin is doing well and would return to the track Wednesday.
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"He was not tired at all after the Derby," Gowan said.
Ride On Curlin owner Daniel Dougherty echoed his trainer's thoughts.
"I walked back with him after the Arkansas Derby and he was tired," Dougherty said of that runner-up effort. "He wasn't tired Saturday."
Even though his Derby dream was dashed, Dougherty was able to find one positive going forward with Ride On Curlin.
"It is only two weeks (to the Preakness) and you don't want to leave it all out there on the track," he said.
Pablo's in for Preakness
Also headed to the Preakness is speedy Pablo Del Monte, the third-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Trainer Wesley Ward decided to scratch out the Derby rather than have Pablo Del Monte start from the outside in a 20-horse field.
After the Giant's Causeway colt worked 6 furlongs in 1:10.80 on Sunday, Ward said he could have been a contender in the Derby.
"The way the race played out with soft fractions for a Derby and a slow final time, I really think I would have had a great chance to be at least second," Ward said. "I was speaking to my good friend Paul Shanahan and I told him just that. He said, 'Listen Wesley, nobody remembers who was second. If you really feel that way and the horse worked as good as he did, maybe we can win the Preakness and that will be forever.'"
Strong Mandate out
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Robert Baker and William Mack's Hopeful Stakes winner Strong Mandate will not run in the Preakness.
"He's not going," said Lukas, who won his sixth Preakness last May with Oxbow. "I am going to wait until Saratoga."