05/07/2014 11:57AM

Preakness: Pimentel to ride Kid Cruz

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Kid Cruz scores by four lengths in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in March.

Julian Pimentel, who has ridden Kid Cruz to a pair of minor stakes victories, will keep the mount aboard the colt for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, trainer Linda Rice confirmed Wednesday.

“Frankly, he knows the horse; he’s run well for him. I like the fact he’s riding that track,” said Rice, who will be making her Preakness debut.

Rice also mentioned that when her owners, Steven Brandt and Richard Boylan, decided to allow Black Swan Stable – from which they claimed Kid Cruz – to buy back into the horse, it was “good karma. I feel the same way about Pimentel.”

Rice said Kid Cruz likely won’t have a published workout between now and the Preakness.

“When I breezed him for the Wood Memorial, he came up with a sore shoulder,” said Rice, who had to scratch Kid Cruz from the Wood. “I think I’ll just give him long, strong gallops up to it … Prior to the Private Terms, I skipped a breeze because I thought he was light and didn’t want to lose any more body weight on him.”

Kid Cruz rallied from more than 20 lengths back to win the 1 1/8-mile Private Terms by four lengths in March at Laurel Park.

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“I don’t have to breeze him to run a mile and three-sixteenths,” Rice said. “I think he just has the natural ability to get the distance.”

Rice said Kid Cruz likely would van down to Pimlico following training Monday.

• With Ride On Curlin getting yet another new jockey, Steve Hobby is teasing fellow trainer Billy Gowan with this line: “Whose Ride On Curlin is it, anyway?”

Joel Rosario has the mount for the Preakness, which will make him the sixth different jockey for Ride On Curlin. The colt will be making his 11th career start. He ran seventh in the Derby under Calvin Borel and made his first post-Derby appearance Wednesday when galloping a mile.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee


Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Yeah, but J P has not ridden in the run for the blacked eyed susans. Why not get Calvin , he's open now, this is what Borel does, come out of gate to straight to Bo-Rail
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
SOCIAL INCLUSION is the key to the race in many respects he will put away BEYERN and give CHROME is first hard earned victory.
Dom DiNatale More than 1 year ago
Just wondering how you know that Linda Rice is " afraid " to work him out? This isn't Pletcher or Baffert who show up to every race with a warm body. The horse may not win but if Linda runs I'm willing to bet the horse is fine. Remember Hoppertunity? All of a sudden his ankle hurts? Just happened overnight? She never hesitated to scratch from the Wood. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a horse won a stakes race with gallops only. Write this down: Trifecta play: Kid Cruz 1st and 2nd with Chrome, Danza, Dynamic Impact and Rid On Curlin. You heard it here first !!!!!!!
. More than 1 year ago
she'a afraid to work him out. Have no idea why she expects him to do well n the Preakness, it's not a 100k minor stakes race Linda.
. More than 1 year ago
never play a horse that recently been hurt or sick in a stakes race. Rule #1
Geronimo2123 . More than 1 year ago
He closed from far back in the last two with no pace...and the last race was on the "pimlico speed track." I think he may get into the exotics here if the other new shooter and ROC do not step it up from their last time out.
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
anything can happen, but bayern, dynamic impact and social inclusion are now going to be hard to beat, if chrome can get to the wire first, chrome will be wearing the crown.
Paul Mitchell More than 1 year ago
It doesn't matter: Oxbow, I'll Have Another, Shackleford, the speed generally holds here. Wait for The Belmont when Can'thelpbelieving pulls a Birdstone.
Thank You More than 1 year ago
pimlico speed track, 20 lenghts forget it
Joey W More than 1 year ago
Kid Cruz better hope the speed shows up as it did not in the Derby.
Tom Whitmore More than 1 year ago
Bayern and Social Inclusion are need the lead speed horses. This pace will be more on the line of 1:10 flat for the first six furlongs, not the 1:12 the Derby was. Will make a huge difference for a deep closer, like Kid Cruz who is pretty much the lone opponent of Chrome with an upset chance and a small one at that.
Andy Dean More than 1 year ago
I agree with your comments about SI and Bayern, though it looks like Bayern is out. It won't matter though b/c Chromie is so cool in the clutch and just goes about his business, knowing what to do. Victor knows what to do regarding pace and he'll have him in the proper position, "stretching his legs" as he puts it, and then skip away from everybody turning for home. Nobody in this years crop has his combo of high cruising speed AND turn of foot at the top of the stretch.
Geronimo2123 . More than 1 year ago
I am interested in seeing what Kid Cruz can do when he actually has a pace to close into. His last two races he actually closed into slow fractions, which is much harder for a horse like that to do.