05/10/2014 11:36AM

Ring Weekend confirmed for Preakness

Tom Keyser
The Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend, who scratched from the Kentucky Derby due to an illness, has been confirmed as a runner in the Preakness at Pimlico.

Ring Weekend, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, was confirmed as a starter for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico after trainer Graham Motion was pleased with the way the horse worked Saturday morning at Fair Hill.

Motion said Ring Weekend worked six furlongs in 1:13.20, edging away from a workmate late over the dirt surface at Fair Hill. Exercise rider Alice Clapham was up for the move.

“I thought he worked very well, very pleased with it,” said Motion, who trains Ring Weekend for the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership. “He galloped out a good seven-eighths, and I had him out a mile in 1:41. It was a very similar work that he had leading up to the Derby.”

Two days after he worked for the Derby, Ring Weekend developed a temperature and was scratched from the race. At the time, Motion said he was hopeful to make the Preakness. Motion said Ring Weekend missed a couple of days of training and one work.

“We were inclined to take a shot if the week went well and he worked well, and he did,” Motion said.

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Ring Weekend will be one of seven non-Derby starters expected to take on California Chrome in the Preakness.

Motion said he was impressed with the way California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby, but Motion knows all too well things can be different in Baltimore. Motion won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, who broke poorly and finished second to Shackleford in the Preakness.

“I thought Animal Kingdom was the best horse, and he didn’t break well. It just goes to show you how hard it is,” Motion said.

Alan Garcia will ride Ring Weekend in the Preakness.

Motion said Ring Weekend likely would ship Thursday to Pimlico, which is the day all Preakness horses must be on the grounds.

avlamal More than 1 year ago
this horse has absolutely no chance will burn out everyone setting up for the kid blowing by at the eighth pole
B More than 1 year ago
Other than his connections, who cares. A total throw out, but there are a few of those in here.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Can California Chrome just skip this race and go to Belmont fresh? He is going to Game on Dude these poor horses!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Game on Dude looses every now and then ......................
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
For what I was getting at, you know what I meant.
robert More than 1 year ago
Yes he can skip this race. That may be the stupidest question ever asked. No Derby winner ever needs to run in the Preakness. Perhaps we as racing fans need to be taught a lesson. Now we can stop hoping for a triple crown and look forward to a Derby/Belmont double. What were we thinking.
Paul More than 1 year ago
Tampa is a bad track and this horse will win his next race in either an overnight stake or an optional claimer. He's nothing. I said so when he ran into bad horses at Calder.
pemuehleck More than 1 year ago
California Chrome is so good why even bother running the race huh? If Ring Weekend can return to TBD form he could be interesting-and did anyone notice the nightmarish trip Danza suffered through in Louisville? That's why they run the race!
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Danza was not beating California Chrome if they ran 1 1/4 miles in a straight line friend. Forget trips. You only have one chance. Its all history. You either did it or you DIDNT.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Danzas trip was nowhere near as bad as how he, {Danza} totally checked Medal Count out of the race near the 8th pole!
Sardula More than 1 year ago
Our Caravan sure didn't flatter him much in yesterday's (sloppy) Peter Pan.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
I think CC will romp in the Preakness. It's the Belmont that will be the biggest test. I'm sure many of the Derby prospects will be gunning for him, well rested too. Can CC run a mile and a half? No one knows.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
THEY ALL CAN RUN A MILE AND A QUARTER!! I HATE THIS ARGUMENT. THEY WILL ALL RUN A MILE AND A QUARTER! One of them will just get there FIRST. Of California Chrome's peers, WHO has even shown that they have interest beyond the 1 1/8 BESIDES California Chrome? NOBODY!
Bustedbox2 More than 1 year ago
Graham Motion is one of the best trainers in horse racing, and one of the nicest people in the sport. After the training job he did with Animal Kingdom, both before and after the Derby, he should never be taken lightly. His presence lends a whole new element to the Preakness.
Mother More than 1 year ago
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
Just another seasoned horseman who realizes CC is the best of this crop but not a great horse.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Can you make ANY more of an irrelevant statement? Should California Chrome be the best of the "crop" of 1940? How moronic of a statement! The idea IS TO BE THE BEST OF YOUR PEERS FOR THE CURRENT YEAR!!!! No bonuses for beating previous winners times.
automatic slim More than 1 year ago
How do you know he has run only fast enough to win..........
Lefty More than 1 year ago
This horse has two speeds, slow and slower. His only shot is that the rest of the field has about the same amount of speed. I really don't see anyone beating Cali Chrome, unless he gets a bad slot tom start the race.