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2023 Preakness Stakes Contenders Preview & Early Picks | Derby Winner Mage To Face Several New Horses
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2023 Preakness Stakes Contenders Preview & Early Picks | Derby Winner Mage To Face Several New Horses

Aaron previews the current 2023 Preakness Stakes (G1) contenders from Pimlico, then gives his early picks. The 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Mage is slated to face off against several new shooters, including the Lexington Stakes (G3) winner First Mission. Is a Triple Crown run imminent? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

Gustavo Delgado Jr., son of and assistant to trainer Gustavo Delgado, said Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mage has shown all the right signs following his thrilling victory in Saturday’s first leg of the Triple Crown and will run in the 148th Preakness Stakes (G1) at historic Pimlico Race Course May 20 as long as everything continues to go well.

OGMA Investments LLC, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing and CMNWLTH’s Derby hero walked around the barn shedrow at Churchill Downs Monday morning, two days after the chestnut colt won the Kentucky Derby by a length over Two Phil’s.

The Good Magic colt is expected to jog around the racetrack on Tuesday morning shortly after the Churchill Downs track opens at 5:30 a.m. ET. “He ate up everything, his feed, he’s feeling good,” Delgado Jr. said.

Mage finished a close second in Gulfstream Park’s Curlin Florida Derby (G1) in his third career start, five weeks before taking the 149th Kentucky Derby. “It’s amazing. We’re still digesting it,” Delgado Jr. said. “I’m still playing text messages from two days ago. It’s a very good feeling.”

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