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Blazing Sevens Gets Acquainted With Pimlico Surroundings | 2023 Preakness Stakes News
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Blazing Sevens Gets Acquainted With Pimlico Surroundings | 2023 Preakness Stakes News

Rodeo Creek Racing LLC’s Blazing Sevens got his first look at the track at Pimlico Race Course Monday as he jogged once around with exercise rider Peter Leiva aboard. 

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Blazing Sevens, a son of Good Magic, will run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) for trainer Chad Brown, who will be looking for his third win in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Brown won the race last year with Early Voting and in 2017 with Cloud Computing.

Under the watch of assistant trainer Jose Hernandez, Blazing Sevens went to the track at 7 a.m. Monday.

“Just once around,” Hernandez said. “He liked it out there; he was happy. He went out there, stood a little bit, looked around and was back in about 15 minutes. So far, so good.”

Blazing Sevens, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. in the Preakness, last raced April 8 when he finished third in the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland. That came after an eighth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his seasonal debut.

In the Blue Grass, Brown equipped Blazing Sevens with blinkers for the first time.

“I liked him with the blinkers,” Brown said. “They are going to stay on him. He grabbed the bridle a little better and was more consistent (in the Blue Grass).”

Hernandez said Blazing Sevens will return to the track at Pimlico Tuesday morning and gallop.