by Paulick Report Staff (Pimlico Press Release)
Different day, same story for Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, Thursday morning at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md.. For the third consecutive morning since his arrival from New York on Monday, Good Magic trained over a track that was labeled either muddy or sloppy.
As soon as the Chad Brown-trained Good Magic hit the Pimlico racing surface at 7:30 a.m., the drizzle turned into a steady downpour. Going around the track twice, with exercise rider Walter Malasquez in the saddle, Good Magic looked very comfortable as he navigated the sloppy going.
Back at the barn, Brown’s traveling assistant, Baldo Hernandez, wryly noted that the rain abated, almost as soon as Good Magic completed his training.
“Look at it now,” Hernandez said, gesturing to the drizzle that was falling outside the stakes barn as Good Magic was being walked around the shedrow. “It was a good gallop for him.”
Brown is expected to arrive in Baltimore on Friday, perhaps in time for Good Magic’s training.
Good Magic’s jockey, Jose Ortiz, is expected to arrive late Thursdayevening, as he is named to ride in several stakes at Pimlico on Friday, including Indy Union in the Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2).
The 2017 Eclipse Award-winning rider won his first Classic race last year aboard Tapwrit in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Ortiz finished 10th and last aboard longshot Term of Art in last year’s Preakness, which marked his first time riding in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.