BALTIMORE, Md. — Because the solar rises over Pimlico Race Course with it comes one other day of uncertainty for the Preakness favourite.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit took to the observe in preparation for his triple crown bid. His coach on the town, assistant Jimmy Barnes, will not be one for commenting on controversy surrounding the colt.
“I’m simply going to maintain this interview to the horses. We now have coaching right here for the Preakness. So, in case you can preserve your inquiries to that I’d recognize it,” he mentioned exterior the Stakes Barn.
Barnes is corridor of fame coach Bob Baffert’s assistant. He’s main the coaching in Baltimore as a substitute of Baffert, who has stayed away from Pimlico and mentioned he doesn’t wish to be a distraction. Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test after the Derby win. It confirmed elevated ranges of the steroid betamethasone. A cut up blood pattern is at present being analyzed to substantiate the constructive end result. Further exams on Medina Spirit are additionally being run this week by the Maryland Jockey Membership and Maryland Racing Fee. Normally a mainstay in Maryland throughout Preakness week, Baffert is not round.
How totally different does it really feel with out him right here?
“I’m used to it,” answered Barnes. “I journey on a regular basis. I’m all the time on the highway. Bob is there generally, nice. If Bob can’t make it, I simply have to choose up the slack and march on and attempt to do my greatest and attempt to produce a win.”
And get Medina Spirit prepared for Saturday.
“He got here out of the Derby nice. He wasn’t a drained horse, rebounded rapidly and shipped up right here, handles the observe very properly,” mentioned Barnes. “The climate is sweet so I feel everybody goes to have a good probability at this with it solely being a ten horse area. I’m excited.”
Friday is when exams are anticipated again on Medina Spirit. If they’re clear he’ll run within the Preakness. If not, he’ll be scratched.