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Preakness Stakes News | Mystik Dan To Resume Training Wednesday
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Preakness Stakes News | Mystik Dan To Resume Training Wednesday

Mystik Dan, who had another easy day walking around the shedrow Tuesday, is scheduled to resume training for a possible start in the 149th Preakness Stakes (G1) on Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs, four days after capturing Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1).

“That’s a typical routine for us,” trainer Kenny McPeek said. “We’ll walk them three days (after a race). He could have gone back to the track (Monday) if we’d wanted, but he didn’t need to.”

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While no decision has been made on Mystik Dan’s status for the Preakness at Baltimore’s historic Pimlico Race Course on May 18, the McPeek trainee so far has done nothing that would cause McPeek to rule out the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

“Not at all,” McPeek said. “Same thing. We’ve just got to get through the weekend and take it from there.”

Mystik Dan will go to the track about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, the trainer said. Entries for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness will be taken Monday.

The barn’s visitors Tuesday included the management team at Spendthrift Farm, which stands both Mystik Dan’s sire, two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents, and Goldencents’ sire, the sensational stallion Into Mischief. 

Into Mischief, in turn, is by the late Harlan’s Holiday, whom McPeek trained as a 2- and 3-year-old. After winning the Florida Derby (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1), Harlan’s Holiday finished seventh in the 2002 Kentucky Derby as the 6-1 favorite in a race won wire-to-wire by War Emblem. Harlan’s Holiday then finished fourth in the Preakness Stakes, also won by War Emblem.

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Horsemen will be offered $7.5 million in bonus opportunities as well as two qualifiers for races at Newmarket and Deauville come Preakness Day May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

In addition to their respective purses, a $5 million bonus awaits the owner or owners of the horse who wins the $2 million Preakness (G1), the $1 million California Crown (G1) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita, and the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park in 2025.

Meanwhile, a $2.5 million bonus awaits the owner or owners of the horse who wins Pimlico’s $500,000 Dinner Party (G3), the $750,000 California Crown John Henry Turf (G2), and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1).

In addition, the winner of the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint will receive an automatic entry and travel incentive to run in the July Cup Stakes (G1) at Newmarket on July 13, while the winner of the Gallorette Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares on the turf will receive an automatic entry and travel incentive to run in the Sumbe Prix Jean Romanet (G1) at Deauville Aug. 18.

The Maryland Jockey Club will also offer bonus money totaling $100,000 bonus to trainers who run a minimum of five horses in the stakes races during Preakness weekend, and another $50,000 bonus for trainers with the most points in non-stakes during the weekend.