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Preakness Stakes News | Brown Confident In Tuscan Gold
Tuscan Gold (Lauren King / Coglianese Photos)

Preakness Stakes News | Brown Confident In Tuscan Gold

Trainer Chad Brown has won the Preakness Stakes (G1) twice. He’ll come to Baltimore this weekend confident that he can get No. 3 with the lightly-raced Tuscan Gold.

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Brown watched the son of Medaglia d’Oro work four furlongs in company with Blazing Sevens, who fell a head short of defeating National Treasure in last year’s Preakness, Saturday at Belmont Park.

“That was the best I have ever seen him work,” Brown said Sunday from his office at Belmont. “He came out of it in good shape.”

Brown said that Tuscan Gold has worked with Blazing Sevens in the past. After seeing the two horses go four furlongs in 49.30 seconds, Brown is more than anxious to see how Tuscan Gold does in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Tuscan Gold will be making his fourth career start in the Preakness, easily the fewest of any of the horses expected to run in the 1 3/16-mile spring classic.

“It was a good test for him against a horse that is established,” Brown said of the pairing with Blazing Sevens. “What better horse to prepare him? I thought the work went excellent. I am confident going into the race. He is fast enough on figures to win.”

This will be Brown’s seventh starter in the Preakness. He won in 2017 with Cloud Computing, his first Preakness starter, and in 2022 with Early Voting.

Tuscan Gold, who is owned by William H. Lawrence, Walmac Farm and Stonestreet Stables LLC, will be ridden in the Preakness by Tyler Gaffalione. Gaffalione was the rider when Tuscan Gold finished third behind Preakness rival Catching Freedom and Honor Marie in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds March 23. He also rode when the horse broke his maiden in his second career start, at Gulfstream Park, on Jan. 31.

Brown said that plans call for Tuscan Gold to ship to Baltimore from Belmont on Tuesday.