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Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Has His Game Face On
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Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold Has His Game Face On

It appears that Tuscan Gold has his game face on as the 149th running of the $2 million Preakness Stakes (G1) gets closer and closer.

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The son of Medaglia d’Oro galloped a mile and a quarter over the Pimlico Race Course track on a picture-perfect Thursday morning with exercise rider Janiel Rosado on board.

“He is getting serious now,” Jose Hernandez, an assistant to trainer Chad Brown, said. “He wanted to do more.”

Tuscan Gold, owned by William H. Lawrence, Walmac Farm and Stonestreet Stables LLC, is the most lightly raced 3-year-old in the eight-horse Preakness field.

He has had just three starts, which, by the way, were the same number of starts that Brown’s two prior Preakness winners (Cloud Computing in 2017 and Early Voting in 2022) had.

Tuscan Gold broke his maiden in his second start and Brown thought enough of him to run in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on March 23. He finished third after a less-than-ideal trip.

“He made a move a little early,” Hernandez said. “I think he is a lot more focused now. He is getting more into the game. I think this was the right move coming to this race. I think he is going to handle it big time.”

Brown chose to run in the Preakness over the $200,000 Peter Pan (G3) at Aqueduct last weekend. Hernandez said that plans call for Tuscan Gold to gallop Friday morning at 8:30.

Tyler Gaffalione, who has ridden Tuscan Gold in his last two starts, will ride him in the Preakness.

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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: