Their coach said on Thursday that Essential Quality is the most popular horse in the Kentucky Derby and that Mandaloun, who finished second, will not be in the second Preakness game of the Triple Crown.
Brad Cox explained that none of these horses will challenge the Kentucky champion Medina Spirit at Preakness. He also ruled out the participation of Kado River, who was excluded from the Derby at the last minute due to fever.
Mandaloun is halftime behind Medina Spirit. His previous prediction was that he was only 27-1, and Essential Quality ranked fourth after reaching Derby at 3-1.
On Thursday, Mandalunun trot, and Cox said that the horse ran very well and had good energy. He added that Mandalen showed people “everything you want to see from a pony that is a mile and a quarter of a mile high.”
But the coach decided to skip Preakness in Baltimore on May 15th, hoping that Mandalon is ready to continue the game until he is three years old and beyond.
Cox warned on the National Thoroughbred Association conference call: “Mandalen” is in good health and very strong. I think we can give him some time. “I think that if he returns to the game within two weeks, we will not work hard for his benefit.” “
The Travers at the Saratoga Racecourse in August is the new goal of Essential Quality. Since Giacomo in 2005, it has almost become the first grey horse to win the Derby. Cox pointed out that Caddo River’s movement is fast and it is worth looking forward to. Fighting with Medina Spirit since Preakness, the goal is to participate in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 29th.
Without the Essential Quality of Mandaloun and Preakness, the biggest competitor of Medina Spirit will be the Concert Tour, which is also the guidance of the two-time triple crown winner Bob Baffert.
Owner Gary West (Gary West) decided not to participate in the Kentucky Tour after finishing in a disappointing third place at the Arkansas Derby. Buffett hopes that the horse is ready.
Buffett warned: “I have been working with him as if he was going to do Preakness.” “We thought,’Is it good enough? Is he trained well enough to cope with Preakness? I said yes, That’s why (West) said we’re going to run to see if it is as good as we thought, or if it’s not so good, or whatever, but at least we will give it a chance.”
Preakness’s lottery draw is scheduled to take place on Monday.