Kentucky Derby

Preakness notes: Gomez won't ride Lookin At Lucky

Lookin At Lucky's status for the Preakness Stakes is still unclear, but one sure thing is Garrett Gomez will not be riding the Kentucky Derby favorite Saturday.

Gomez will ride the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Dublin, according to Bloodhorse. Dublin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby.

Baffert had been openly critical of Gomez's ride on Lookin At Lucky after a third-place finish in last month's Santa Anita Derby. Baffert would not commit to keeping Gomez with his top 3-year-old following Lookin At Lucky's troubled sixth-place run in the Derby.

Baffert said he informed Gomez's agent, Ron Anderson, of the change.

"I told Ron I didn't know if I was going to run the horse, but if I did I was going to make a change only because of the bad luck we've been having lately," Baffert said. "Just out of respect, I said, 'If you can find another mount, find it,' because I didn't want him to get shut out of finding a mount."

Martin Garcia, who rode Baffert's Conveyance in the Derby, would be a likely choice to replace Gomez.

Baffert told Bloodhorse on Saturday that Lookin At Lucky was "52 percent" likely for the Preakness. That was an increase from his estimate of "51 percent" a day earlier.

"Every day he's looking better and better to me," Baffert said. "He was tired the next day (after the Derby), but he's moving well and that's the main thing. ... The thing is, he just had some bad trips, but the last race, there's nothing Garrett could have done. The one hole killed him."

Caracortado is in

Caracortado punched his ticket to the Preakness with a solid work with regular rider Paul Atkinson at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Caracortado ran 7 furlongs in 1:24.60, the faster of two works at the distance. The gelding won the first five races of his career, including the Grade II Robert Lewis Stakes, but has not raced since a troubled fourth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby on April 3.

"He looked great," trainer Mike Machowsky said. "He got a good blow out of it and it tightened him up. He looked good back at the barn."

First Dude also ready

First Dude is also a confirmed starter for the Preakness after a 5-furlong work in 1:00.60 under Tammy Fox at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

"I was very pleased with the work. It's on to the Preakness," trainer Dale Romans said.

Romans' other Preakness probable, third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Paddy O'Prado, galloped 11/2 miles after First Dude's work.

Super Saver looking good

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver galloped 11⁄8 miles early Saturday morning with exercise rider Kevin Willey aboard.

"He galloped really, really well," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who arrived in Louisville Friday night and was seeing the Derby winner on the track for the first time since his victory in last Saturday's Run for the Roses.

"His energy level is very good and he has rebounded quickly. You always hope for that coming back in two weeks."

Super Saver might work out Monday.

"Right now, I am leaning toward working him," Pletcher said. "I want to see how he gallops tomorrow, but most likely it will be an easy half-mile."

Other notes

Pleasant Prince: The Florida Derby runner-up will work 5 furlongs at Keeneland on Sunday morning with regular rider Julien Leparoux. Trainer Wesley Ward praised Leparoux, the reigning Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey.

"I have a lot of confidence in that rider," said Ward, himself a former rider. "He knows the horse very well and the horse has run very, very well for that jock, who always seems to be able to place him wherever he wants. The horse has got tactical speed where he can lay up close if he's put in that situation."

Make Music for Me: Trainer Alexis Barba said she would meet with owners Ellen and Peter Johnson on Saturday afternoon to discuss the next start for the Derby fourth-place finisher. He is expected to compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 5.

"It looks very unlikely that we're running in the Preakness," Barba said.

Jackson Bend: Nick Zito is expected to make a final decision regarding Jackson Bend in the next few days. The Wood Memorial runner-up galloped 13⁄8 miles Saturday.

He was 12th in the Derby.

Hurricane Ike: The Grade III Derby Trial winner is scheduled to work Monday morning at Churchill.

Schoolyard Dreams: He will be vanned to Pimlico from New Jersey the day before the race, according to trainer Derek Ryan.

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