Kentucky Derby

I'll Have Another primed for repeat, trainer says

Trainer Doug O'Neill's confidence in Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another hasn't waned.

"I'm just very pumped the way our colt is settling in and training," O'Neill said Saturday. "I really look for him to repeat in the Preakness."

Under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, I'll Have Another turned in an enthusiastic gallop following the renovation break at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

"He had great energy today and his normal long, beautiful stride," O'Neill said. "We're very happy with the way things are going.

"He's a phenomenal horse, obviously. You don't win the Derby unless you are a phenomenal horse. The way he has settled in here and continued his energy is incredible. ... He looks and feels as good as he ever has."

After the gallop, O'Neill and his staff schooled the colt in Pimlico's indoor paddock. O'Neill said he liked the way the colt acted in that space and will take him there before the Preakness.

"The game plan now will be to saddle downstairs there and then go out on the turf course where they do the 'riders up,'" O'Neill said. "I like it breaking up the monotony a little bit and we saddle these guys in stalls seven days a week. I just don't want to saddle him in the wide open if we don't have to."


■ Teeth of the Dog breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01 under exercise rider Paul Madden on Saturday.

"He worked real well and galloped out real good. We're all set for next Saturday," trainer Michael Matz said.

Joe Bravo, who guided Teeth of the Dog to a maiden victory at Gulfstream and a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, has the Preakness mount.

■ Zetterholm, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., is scheduled to work 6 furlongs Sunday at Pimlico. The colt was entered in the Peter Pan on Saturday at Belmont Park but was scratched in favor of the Preakness.

Dutrow said that the colt's regular jockey, Junior Alvarado, will ride the colt in the Preakness. "We're ready to roll," Dutrow said.

■ Cozzetti galloped 1½ miles at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Romero Cordache. Fourth in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, Cozzetti is scheduled to work Sunday for trainer Dale Romans.

"He's a nice horse but he needs to step up and run like he trains," said Romans, who won the Preakness last year with Shackleford.