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Secret Oath On Track For Preakness, Early Voting Works

Briland Farm’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner and homebred secret oath continued training for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Racecourse with its typical morning gallop on May 13 at Churchill Falls under regular exercise rider Danielle Rosier.

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained daughter of Arrogate will be looking to become the seventh filly to win the Preakness after the most recent success of Swiss paratrooper in 2020. Swiss Skydiver, trained by Kenny McPeek, was also based at Churchill Downs.

Other Preakness winners include Rachel Alexandra (2009), Nellie Morse (1924), Daughter of the Rhine (1915), Lunatic (1906) and Flocarline (1903).

“If she puts the Preakness on her resume, it will take her to another level,” Lukas said. “She will be considered one of the very good ones.”

After the Preakness, Lukas has a short break from racing scheduled for Secret Oath ahead of scheduled starts this summer in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Racetrack.

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Secret Oath is expected to have company in Maryland next week of several other Kentucky horses in the Preakness, including the optional Kentucky Derby Day allowance to claim victory Minister of Creation Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) finalist Epicenter and 2021 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Winner (G1) Rattle N Roll .

They will be joined by horses from Maryland and invaders from other states, like the New Yorker Early voting who covered five furlongs on Friday in 1:00.63 at Belmont Park.

Coached by Chad Brown, the Klaravich Stables Early Voting took place under the guidance of jockey Jose Ortiz outside the stable mate Miles D . The stakes-winning pair went three-eights in:36.40 and galloped six furlongs in 1:13 on the fast main track.

“He clocked the times like I wanted him to and he galloped super well,” Brown said of Early Voting. “If he comes out of the breeze in good shape, then he’s in Pimlico. Tentatively, I’m thinking of shipping the horse on Tuesday.”

The lightly run son of the best second generation bull gun runner will arrive at the Preakness after a narrow loss in the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by Resorts World Casino (G2) on April 9 at Aqueductwhich followed an open triumph in the Withers Stakes (G3) two months previously.

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Early Voting (outside) works with Miles D May 13 at Belmont Park

Brown won the 2017 Preakness Stakes with Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s cloud computing who fought Classic Empire in the stretch.

Like Cloud Computing, Early Voting will also arrive at the Preakness off the Wood Memorial with just three starts under its belt. Cloud Computing finished third at Wood Memorial 2017 seven points behind Irish battle cry .

“There are a lot of similarities,” Brown said. “They are both lightly raced, improving the horses that come out of the woods and could use a little more time and experience rather than throwing them into a 20 horse field in the Derby.”

Another trainee from Brown, third in the Derby Zandon is intended for summer races such as the August 27 Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), owner Jeff Drown told the Tribune of the Stars.

Brown said he was “leaning heavily against the race” in the Preakness and would make a final decision this weekend after watching the colt.

Daniel Alonso was also blowing Friday towards the Preakness, at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Skippy Longstocking , which traveled five furlongs in: 59.60. He ran third at Wood Memorial.

A new addition to the Preakness range in recent days is Calumet Farm’s Merry Jack who finished 14th in the Derby.