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Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Gets 1st Look At Track
Tuscan Gold (Maryland Jockey Club)

Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Gets 1st Look At Track

After vanning from Belmont Park to Baltimore on Tuesday, Tuscan Gold got his first look at the main track at Pimlico Race Course on a misty Wednesday morning. Owned by William H. Lawrence, Walmac Farm and Stonestreet Stables LLC, he will be making his fourth career start in Saturday’s 149th running of the $2 million Preakness Stakes (G1).

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The son of Medaglia d’Oro stepped on the track at 7 a.m. and galloped “about” a mile and three eighths, according to Jose Hernandez, an assistant to trainer Chad Brown.

“He was really happy out there,” Hernandez said.

It’s a race the Brown barn has won twice before, in 2017 with Cloud Computing and in 2022 with Early Voting. Both those horses also had made just three starts before winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

With the possibility of rain in the forecast this week, there is a chance the track could have moisture in it. Tuscan Gold, third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) in his third start, has never raced on an off track but his sire had success on wet surfaces.

“He has trained on it, and it was wet today,” Hernandez said. “He seems to like it.”

Hernandez said that Tuscan Gold will train Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Brown is not expected to be in Baltimore until Saturday.

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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.

The field for making Preakness Stakes picks, with riders and morning line odds from the rail out: