05/11/2014 8:16AM

Filly Ria Antonia breezes in preparation for Preakness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ria Antonia breezed a half-mile in 47.60 seconds early Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a possible run against males in the Preakness. Trainer Tom Amoss said afterward he expected a decision on whether to send the filly to Pimlico in Baltimore would be made no later than Monday.

With the Churchill surface still wet from heavy Saturday rain but harrowed into a neat package and rated “good,” Ria Antonia was among the first workers Sunday. Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel was aboard, but Amoss, who recently assumed the training of the 3-year-old filly for Loooch Racing and Christopher Dunn, said “not to read anything into that.”

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Ria Antonia would be a longshot if she becomes the first filly to run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown since Rachel Alexandra won the 2009 Preakness. She most recently ran sixth, beaten 15 3/4 lengths, in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks, when she was still trained by Bob Baffert. Amoss was hired shortly afterward by Ron Paolucci of Loooch, becoming the fourth trainer for a filly who has had only eight career races.

Also early Sunday, Dynamic Impact breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 in company with his Mark Casse stablemate, Jadira. Dynamic Impact has won his last two races, the latest the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.

** Bayern won’t wear blinkers when he starts in the Preakness Stakes, trainer Bob Baffert said. Bayern wore blinkers when he easily won his career debut Jan. 4, raced without the equipment when he won a first-level allowance race and finished third in the Arkansas Derby, but ran with blinkers back on when he was disqualified from first to second April 26 in the Derby Trial.

Baffert said Bayern, who did his major work May 5 for the Preakness, would have a moderate workout – probably Monday – before shipping Wednesday to Pimlico. Rosie Napravnik has the Preakness mount.

– additional reporting by Marcus Hersh

Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
She breezed to finish last in the preakness.....bravo
rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
Lets stop all the nonsense. RA won the Breeder Cup fillies with a DQ and had bad racing luck in the Oaks. If she gets in the gate Bet her $2 WPS and let the chips fall. If she passes all this talk is wasted.
j More than 1 year ago
Looking back I can see why I lost so much money in the races. 60% of the time I knew who was going to win, but the odds weren't good. 7 to 5, 8 to 5, 2 to 1, and I would end up betting a loser. Some times I could get an exacta, but all the times I tried to come up with a horse to beat the one I knew was the best in that race, I mostly lost. Well, not many investments pay 40%, 50% or 100% in 2 minutes... Any way, greedy losers are the ones that keep the races going...It will never end.
j More than 1 year ago
Asmussem knows how fast CC can run, as he did in the San Felipe, so he did not want to risk Untappable career record in the Preakness, in case CC decides to run the Preakness really fast. Enter Ria Antonia...13 1/5 lengths behind in the Oaks, running against the boys. Those boys are all good winners and this filly will probably end up last, far behind.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
There should be NO money in the WIN or PLACE pool for this poor horse. I EXPECT to see 65-1 odds. Really.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
She upset the BC Juve Fillies and they thought they had another Rachel Alexandra. WAKE UP!
Steve More than 1 year ago
What are we trying to prove hear.
P Cerv More than 1 year ago
That Loooch is a Frooot Cake!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
She just does fit nor belong. Hey Looch, doan be a chooch. All the pots out there today, tsk,tsk
Paul More than 1 year ago
She can run third or fourth. She's a lot like midnight hawk. Will run a suck race anywhere.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Racing this filly in the Preakness is not wise. Changing trainers constantly is not a good sign. But lets not get carried away if she does run she will be fine she might be embarrassed but she will be fine. She would not be the first or last overmatched horse in a race.we just had about 6 of them in the derby.