It isn't that Animal Kingdom can't handle crowds and chaos. By winning the 137th Kentucky Derby amid all its sound and fury, the colt surely demonstrated certain degrees of resilience and adaptability.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds over a sloppy Churchill Downs racetrack early Monday morning, leaving Zayat trying to decide whether to send the colt to the $1 million Preakness.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Julien Leparoux will be out of action until at least May 29 with a compression fracture in his back. Leparoux suffered the injury last Friday, when he was thrown during the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.
Blame made a triumphant return to action Saturday when splitting horses in midstretch and going on to a clear-cut score under Garrett Gomez in the Grade 3, $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.
Pimlico officials are trying to ride that very fine line between restoring Preakness attendance to its previous huge numbers while maintaining a decorum that is acceptable to the majority of racegoers.
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver breezed an easy three furlongs on a busy Monday morning at Churchill Downs, going in 36.60 seconds over a fast track in preparation for the 135th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore.