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OGMA Investments LLC, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing LLC and CMNWLTH’s Mage continued to give off positive vibes to his connections during a 1 ½-mile gallop Wednesday morning at historic Pimlico Race Course in preparation for Saturday’s $1.65 million Preakness Stakes (G1).
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“It was the same routine since we got here. He looked better, had more energy,” said Gustavo Delgado Jr., trainer Gustavo Delgado’s son and assistant. “He wanted to do more. His exercise rider J.J. Delgado said he’s doing good.”
The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner reared up as he was leaving the racetrack as though he indeed wanted to do more.
“He was showing off. He was showing off a little bit,” Delgado Jr. said. “He was just feeling good.”
The son of Good Magic appears to have bounced back nicely from his rallying one-length victory in the May 6 Derby, in which he made only his fourth career start.
His victory caused widespread celebrations in Venezuela, where his trainer achieved legend status and his jockey, Javier Castellano, began his Hall of Fame career before immigrating to the U.S.
Delgado Jr. is proud that Mage’s connections have been able to show their fellow Venezuelans and others that achieving success is not just a dream.
“It means a lot. I think it’s a good message for our community that anyone can do it if they have the will to succeed. It’s not a matter of where you come from. It’s if you want to do it,” Delgado Jr. said.
Mage is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, in which he is scheduled to face seven rivals, none of which ran in the Kentucky Derby.
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