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For the second straight day, Rodeo Creek Racing LLC’s Blazing Sevens went to the track at Pimlico Race Course at 7 a.m. as he continues to prepare for Saturday’s 148th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1).
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With regular exercise rider Peter Levia aboard, Blazing Sevens galloped about 1 ¼ miles during the cool Maryland morning.
“He went pretty good,” Levia said. “He handled the track very well. He’s happy. He is a super easy horse. He is an easy horse to train; you can do whatever you want with him.”
Levia, 35, has been working for trainer Chad Brown for 10 years. Among the horses Levia has exercised include 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Practical Joke, three-time Grade 1 winner Domestic Spending and 2017 Preakness winner Cloud Computing. A small sample.
“I am really happy to be able to work for (Brown),” Levia said. “He has given me a lot of good opportunities in this business.”
Levia, who is originally from Chile, said he has gotten on Blazing Sevens since he was a 2-year-old.
The son of Good Magic is a bit different than Cloud Computing, who Levia helped prepare for the Preakness six years ago.
“Cloud was a very exciting horse, very happy all the time,” Levia said. “(Blazing Sevens) is very quiet, but very smart. He saves his energy all the time. Cloud, I think, had more personality than this one. This one knows his business. He can go out and stand on the track all the time you want him to.”
Blazing Sevens has won two of six career starts and is coming off a third-place finish in the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland on April 8. As a 2-year-old. Blazing Sevens won the Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park.
In the Blue Grass, Brown equipped Blazing Sevens with blinkers for the first time. He will also have them when he runs in the Preakness.
Jose Hernandez, Brown’s assistant, said Blazing Sevens will likely return to the track to gallop on Wednesday.
He also plans to school on Thursday at a time to be determined while races are being run at Pimlico. Hernandez said Brown is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore Friday night.
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