BALTIMORE, Md. – Klaravich Stables’ Early Voting, made his first visit to the track at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday morning, a day after shipping in from trainer Chad Brown’s stable at Belmont Park.
Early Voting, rated second at 7-2 in the morning line, will start from Post #5 Saturday when the Preakness Stakes (G1) is contested for the 147th time. Regular rider Jose Ortiz will be aboard.
Brown’s assistant Baldo Hernandez is overseeing the colt’s activities until Brown arrives Friday. With his regular exercise rider Marino Garcia up, Early Voting went out to the track at 8:30 a.m., following the renovation break.
“He galloped a mile and a quarter. I was really happy with him coming home,” Hernandez said. “He likes it here, so he’s in good shape.”
The Preakness will be Early Voting’s first start away from Aqueduct, where he broke his maiden, won the Withers (G3) and finished second by a neck in the Wood Memorial (G2). Brown and Klaravich owner Seth Klarman opted to skip the Kentucky Derby (G1) to focus on the Preakness, which they won in 2017 with Cloud Computing using the same script.
“He’s moved forward from the Wood. He got the time off,” Hernandez said. “He’s in good shape.”
Hernandez said that Early Voting will go to the track at the same time Thursday.
Maryland Jockey Club Press Release
Photo: Early Voting in a morning work. (Jerry Dzriewinski/MJC)