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Mage Gallops Saturday Before Heading To Pimlico | 2023 Preakness Stakes News
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Mage Gallops Saturday Before Heading To Pimlico | 2023 Preakness Stakes News

The 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mage had his last training session at Churchill Downs Saturday morning for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).

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He galloped under J.J. Delgado, who is no relation to the Florida-based trainers Gustavo Delgado Sr. and Jr., though from the same town in Venezuela, where the elder Delgado was a training legend before coming to America a decade ago.

Mage and the Delgados’ other two horses stabled at Churchill Downs are scheduled to leave Louisville late Saturday afternoon or early evening and expected to arrive at Pimlico Race Course early Sunday morning for the Preakness.

“Full of energy,” Delgado Jr. said. “J.J., the exercise rider, is very happy with him.”

On preparing to leave Louisville with a Kentucky Derby winner, the younger Delgado said: “It’s amazing. I’m so grateful to the horse. He’s so special. To all the horses. My dad has dedicated his whole life to horses, so it’s not just one horse.”

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