Lael Stables’ Divining Rod set to run in Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) — The owners of Barbaro plan to run a horse in the Preakness on May 16.
Gretchen and Roy Jackson’s Lael Stables is set to enter Lexington Stakes winner Divining Rod in the race, nine years after Derby winner Barbaro tragically broke down at the start of the Preakness and was euthanized eight months later.
Divining Rod would have made it into the Derby field if entered. But trainer Arnaud Delacour said the Jacksons didn’t want to rush the 3-year-old son of Tapit into the race, plus his Derby-qualifying points left his status uncertain.
In other Preakness news Wednesday:
— American Pharoah and Dortmund, third in the Derby, were walked around the barn at Churchill Downs. Both colts are scheduled to jog on Thursday.
— Derby runner-up Firing Line jogged a mile around Churchill Downs.
— Trainer Todd Pletcher said he has four horses under consideration: Materiality (sixth in the Derby), Carpe Diem (10th), Stanford and Pat Day Mile winner Competitive Edge.