Kentucky Derby

Preakness notes: Cozzetti's final work put on hold

Sunday's rain showers at Churchill Downs forced trainer Dale Romans to postpone a work for Preakness contender Cozzetti. He instead sent the colt out for a 1½ -mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.

"We will see how the track is in the morning and he may work," said Romans, who won last year's Preakness with Shackleford.

Cozzetti, a Kentucky-bred son of Cozzene, broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last November. He began his 3-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Kitten's Joy on the turf at Gulfstream prior to running third in the Tampa Bay Derby and fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

Cozzetti will be ridden by Jose Lezcano in the Preakness.

O'Neill a racing fan, too

In the week since I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill has become a celebrity, taking part in many interviews, making appearances and posing for photos.

Before his colt went to the track Sunday morning in Baltimore, O'Neill got to take on the role of a fan while chatting with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey.

"Just to hang out here with him and talk shop with him was goose-bump stuff," O'Neill said. "He was telling us about his ride on Secretariat and how he was last going into the first turn and first coming out of the first turn. We're going to take some tips that he gave us about how to ride the race here and hopefully be successful in doing it.

"What a thrill to have a legend who is interested in your horse," O'Neill said. "He's so supportive, too. He said, 'I'd love to see another Triple Crown winner.' To have Triple Crown Ronnie there with us is really a dream. I feel like I'm living some type of out-of-body experience.

I'll Have Another went to the track at 8:30 a.m. under his regular exercise rider, Jonny Garcia, and turned in a sharp gallop around Pimlico.

"We had a great morning," O'Neill said. "We're very happy with the way things are going so far."

Blinkers for Tiger Walk

Tiger Walk was shipped from a nearby farm in Glyndon, Md., to Pimlico Race Course on Sunday morning for a half-mile workout in preparation for Saturday's Preakness. The son of Tale of the Cat breezed 4 furlongs in 47.60 seconds under Horacio Karamanos.

"He was awesome. It was a little bit faster than I wanted, but it was still good," trainer Ignacio Correas said.

Tiger Walk was equipped with blinkers for the work and will wear them for the first time in the Preakness. Correas is hoping the blinkers will improve his colt's focus.

"Especially on the turns, he's been losing ground. It's like coming into the turn he's three lengths behind the pace and coming home, it's like seven or eight lengths, and then he's closing ground," Correas said. "So we're trying to avoid that and hopefully we'll accomplish that."

Kent Desormeaux will ride Tiger Walk for the first time Saturday.

Zetterholm works 5 furlongs

Zetterholm made two trips to the track Sunday to start his first full day at Pimlico. The first visit at 6:50 a.m. was for a leisurely tour. The second at 8:30 was for a 5-furlong work in 1:01.40.

The colt is in the care of assistant trainer Blake Dutrow, the 20-year-old nephew of trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

"It was all very basic. It was all good," Blake Dutrow said. "Everything went very well."

Creative Cause is in

Trainer Mike Harrington confirmed Sunday that Creative Cause will run in the Preakness. He took Creative Cause back to California after his fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, but said he was likely to try the Preakness. After watching the colt for a week, Harrington said Creative Cause is ready.

"At this point in time, I'm definitely coming," Harrington said. "The only reason I wouldn't come is if something went awry between now and Wednesday morning, when he gets on the airplane."

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