Mage gets the job done in the 149th Kentucky Derby (Daniella Ricci/Past The Wire)
Churchill Downs Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— OGMA Investments, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing and CMNWLTH’s Mage will contest the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I) on Saturday, May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
Mage’s ownership group confirmed his next race plans following his training session Friday morning at Churchill Downs where the colt warmed up in the mile chute prior to galloping about 1 5/8 miles under regular exercise rider J.J. Delgado.
“It still really hasn’t sunk in that we won the Kentucky Derby,” co-owner/assistant trainer Gustavo Delgado Jr. said Thursday evening. “It’s been a surreal last few days. The most important thing is the horse looks great. He’s kept his weight and relaxed when training.”
Mage is expected to join fellow local Preakness entrants Confidence Game (trainer Keith Desormeaux), Disarm (Steve Asmussen), First Mission (Brad Cox), and Red Route One (Asmussen).
Delgado stated Mage will train Saturday around 7:45 a.m. prior to vanning to Baltimore that afternoon.