05/11/2014 8:16AM

Filly Ria Antonia breezes in preparation for Preakness


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