05/18/2006 12:00AM

Barbaro breezes a quarter-mile

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Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner and heavy favorite for the 131st Preakness, went through a quarter-mile blowout Thursday morning over the one-mile dirt oval at the Fair Hill training center.

With regular rider Peter Brette aboard, Barbaro galloped about six furlongs at a two-minute clip before being asked for speed down the stretch to conclude his training. The unofficial time for the breeze was 24 seconds.