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Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Confirmed To Run
Tuscan Gold (Bentley Breland/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM)

Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Confirmed To Run

Trainer Chad Brown, who has won the Preakness Stakes (G1) twice in his career, will go for No. 3 a week from Saturday with Tuscan Gold.

Brown said Thursday that he will enter lightly raced Tuscan Gold in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Brown had entered the son of Medaglia d’Oro in the Peter Pan (G3), which will be run at Aqueduct on Saturday.

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“My first instinct was to always run in the Preakness,” Brown said from his office at Belmont Park. “I wanted to enter the Peter Pan to give myself some options. I wanted to look and survey the field and see who was actually going to show up in the Preakness.”

Tuscan Gold is owned by William H. Lawrence, Walmac Farm and Stonestreet Stable, LLC. 

The Preakness will be the fourth start for Tuscan Gold. When last seen, he finished third in the Louisiana Derby (G3) at Fair Grounds on March 23. Tuscan Gold broke his maiden by 6 ¼ lengths in his second start at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31.

“At the end of the day, the reward is so much greater if he were to run well in the Preakness going for a much bigger prize,” Brown said.

Brown said that Tyler Gaffalione, who has ridden Tuscan Gold in his last two starts, will have the mount in the Preakness. Brown also said that he plans to work Tuscan Gold at Belmont this weekend but was not sure if it would be Saturday or Sunday.

Shipping plans to Baltimore have yet to be made, Brown said.

Brown won his first Preakness in 2017 with Cloud Computing and got to the winner’s circle for a second time with Early Voting in 2022. Lawrence owned Cloud Computing along with Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables.

Last year, Brown’s Blazing Sevens finished second in the Preakness, beaten a head by National Treasure.

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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.