05/09/2014 10:01AM

General a Rod will run in Preakness following 11th in Derby

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Barbara Livingston
General a Rod will start May 17 in the Preakness at Pimlico after running a troubled 11th in the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – General a Rod, a troubled 11th in the May 3 Kentucky Derby following a slow start, will return in the May 17 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, trainer Mike Maker said Friday.

“My initial thoughts were not to come back in two weeks,” Maker said. “But after a couple days back, he was full of energy and ate up well following the Derby.”

General a Rod, purchased privately by Starlight Partners and Skychai Racing the week of the Derby, was one of the top 3-year-olds in Florida this winter – winning the Gulfstream Park Derby, second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, and third in the Florida Derby.

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Normally a horse who races close to the pace, he didn’t get to run his usual style in the Derby, racing in 16th place early. He made a mild rally in traffic under Joel Rosario, although he never threatened and finished 11th, beaten 8 1/2 lengths.

Javier Castellano has the mount in the Preakness, Maker said. He has ridden General a Rod once before, being aboard for a head-bobbing head loss to Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth.

General a Rod is one of just three Kentucky Derby competitors expected to return in the Preakness, with the others being Derby winner California Chrome and seventh-place Ride On Curlin.

He is expected to travel with California Chrome and Ride On Curlin on a Monday flight to Maryland. He will be Maker’s first Preakness starter.

John Nicoletti 7 months ago
Kid Cruz looking real sharp with very competent trainer Linda Rice. Racing and training in MD, and has raced over the tracks. Cruz,General ARod,CC, and PabloDelmonte. Trifecta box. Good luck to all.
Allan Gauthier 7 months ago
Ok who ever you are. IF CC gets beat.......WHO is gonna do it??? You STILL gotta pick one horse outta 7 or more. Good luck.
Kell 7 months ago
there's at least 4 who could beat him,,, there's kid cruz the filly social inclusion bayren and might as well add general a rod what makes you think CC is unbeatable? personally i hope he wins so we can break all your hearts at belmont park on june 7th!
Allan Gauthier 7 months ago
You going to bet all 4 of them? Its easy to day he'll get beat......but by WHO??
Allan Gauthier 7 months ago
Say
Rich Sesny 7 months ago
If you want to bet on Kid Cruz - I will book that bet. The Federico Tesio is not exactly a key prep race for, well, anything actually. Unless you are anticipating an incredible pace and melt down and Kid Cruz to be closing. CC has proven that he can put up or withstand swift fractions and still prevail. Besides the Ride On Curlin is the better closer in all likelihood. Bayern and Social Inclusion couldnt carry their speed for a mile or a mile and an eighth - so jury is out whether they do it here going longer. Plus Pablo Del Monte will there too. This is not a race where controlling speed is obvious or will have an advantage.
Raymond Felder 7 months ago
bad idea he cant win, but maybe in the money. bayern, dynamic impact and social inclusion, got to be beat. if the chrome wins, the belmont will be easy for the chrome to be crowned the king.
Anonymous 7 months ago
and Oxbow couldn't win either. Thats why they run these races.
Allan Gauthier 7 months ago
Clown
Kell 7 months ago
allan,,if you think that comment is from a clown then you are a fool
Allan Gauthier 7 months ago
At least i have a name
Kell 7 months ago
yeah ,,ok,,wanna tell funny cide,,,big brown and smarty jones that all 3 were far better than CC
Rich Sesny 7 months ago
Sunday Silence won his Derby in 2:05 - and he turned out to be a very fine racehorse. Why not give CC a couple more races before we start the comparisons. Btw - Funny Cide was a NY Bred who paid $27 in the Derby - alot of folks dismissed him before and after his Derby victory as a fluke. Recall that Frankel's Empire Maker was a lock to break the triple crown drought for the Kentucky Derby that year.
edb 7 months ago
Just another horse ahead of Ria. Don't put a $million bet on this one. He geared down before CC, well before. Must have been the headwind. Did I miss anything?
Anonymous 7 months ago
and Oxbow couldn't win either. Thats why they run these races.
Rich Sesny 7 months ago
Actually - Oxbow made sense - he was very playable.
mjennings93 7 months ago
Dynamic Impact wins the Preakness and the Belmont, and there is a huge outrage against CDI for excluding the Illinois Derby from KY Derby contention!!
Gerald 7 months ago
Why.......? This is the horse purchased by new owner days before the Derby. So it didn't work out the way they hoped ....still good horse with plenty races ahead. Bad move to go to Preakness.
Kell 7 months ago
oxbow in the preakness and palice malice last year
stev lauria 7 months ago
Derby was 1st time out of money maybe Maker thinks he can move forward,and take to Pimlico better than Churchill, really don't think he is a complete through out , remember last year when all the big time handicappers were claiming Orb the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history, and we all saw how that turned out, didn't we! The races are run on the oval not on paper , best of fortune to all of you out there!!!!
Rich Sesny 7 months ago
The slight cut back will help some but he is another that figures to be forwardly placed - and the speed here projects to be faster than the Derby. He has not been able to carry that speed longer than a mile in his races to date. The purse is a $1.5m so hitting the board will pay and this race is not exactly loaded. It is difficult to envision him turning the tables on CC
Anonymous 7 months ago
If it's sloppy, he'll be interesting.
Sarah MacIntosh 7 months ago
Cover 2 : I agree with you! Toss him, start training him now for other races!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
and Oxbow couldn't win either. Thats why they run these races.