Mylute, fifth in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, will ship to Baltimore this coming Wednesday for a start in the Preakness Stakes, trainer Tom Amoss confirmed Saturday morning.
Owned by GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm, Mylute has bounced out of his Derby run in good order according to Amoss and is slated to become the second Preakness starter for his conditioner who saddled Hot Wells for a fourth-place finish behind Real Quiet in 1998.
“The whole decision was based on the owners being satisfied that the horse had recovered from the race,” Amoss said outside his Churchill Downs barn Saturday morning. “He’s doing the things that we have seen him do after other races that tells he’s himself, and I told them that this morning. And they made the decision to run.”
As was the case in the Kentucky Derby, Mylute will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
“I will tell you that Rosie told me yesterday ‘The Kentucky Derby is the race I’d most like to win but the Preakness is the second most important race to me’,” Amoss said. “I know she would really like to win this race and that makes me feel good.”
Mylute was second by a neck to Revolutionary in the Grade II Louisiana Derby before making a late run to get up for fifth in the Kentucky Derby, about four lengths behind race winner Orb. The son of Midnight Lute will likely breeze Monday at Churchill.
“We have to improve, whether we will or not we’ll see,” Amoss said. “And Orb has to regress a little bit. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not.”