What’s next for Preakness placed Jesus’ Team: Breeders’ Cup Classic or Dirt Mile?

October 7, 2020

Classic 3rd-place finisher guest at McPeek’s Magdalena Farm

MIAMI GARDENS, Fl. – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Jesus’ Team, who finished third in Saturday’s 145th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, has taken up temporary residence at trainer Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington, KY before moving to Keeneland Friday to begin preparation for a start on the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup program.

“He will run in the Breeders’ Cup, 100-percent,” said trainer Jose D’Angelo, who was scheduled to saddle two starters on Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park West. “We just don’t know what race – maybe the [Dirt] Mile or maybe the Classic. I will wait for the decision from the owners.”

McPeek, who saddled Swiss Skydiver for a thrilling victory over Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic in the Preakness, welcomed Jesus’ Team to his farm after being contacted by D’Angelo.

“Always after his races, for Jesus, I give him four or five days in a roll pen or a little paddock. At Keeneland, they don’t have that. So I called Kenny McPeek and he said, ‘Hey, come on, bring your horse,’” said D’Angelo, whose first Preakness starter was stabled next to Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness Stakes Barn. “He’s relaxing and enjoying his days off at Magdalena Farm.

“On Friday, we’ll move him to Keeneland again and start jogging and galloping him slow for a week. He’ll have two or three works for the Breeders’ Cup. The horse came back from the Preakness very good.”

D’Angelo saddled his first horse in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park 16 months ago after winning the trainer’s title in his native Venezuela, joining his father, Francisco, a multiple training titlist in the South American country before venturing to the U.S. in 2015.

“It was an amazing experience, spending one week with the stars of training, like Bob Baffert and Kenny McPeek,” said D’Angelo, whose stable is based at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. “I’m very, very proud of my work and my team for the third in the Preakness. I had confidence in Jesus before the race. I knew he was in good condition.”

D’Angelo will split his time between Keeneland and Gulfstream Park West leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

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Photo: Jesus’ Team. Credit: Ryan Thompson

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