Always Dreaming spooks Pletcher

May 16, 2017
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, ridden by exercise rider Nick Bush, walks at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 15, 2017. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take on Saturday.

BALTIMORE (AP):

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming got a bit rambunctious while stepping on to the track at Pimlico for a gallop ahead of this weekend's Preakness.

The dark bay colt tried to buck off exercise rider Nick Bush yesterday and stumbled a bit in doing so, putting a brief scare into trainer Todd Pletcher.

The trainer says Always Dreaming quickly recovered and turned in a smooth and energetic 11/2-mile gallop.

The colt has been at Pimlico since three days after winning the May 6 Derby so he could settle in before things get busy.

Pletcher says Always Dreaming's behaviour may have been sparked by the arrival of several horses in the barn area as he went to the track. The colt is scheduled to go to the track on Tuesday and then walk around the paddock. He will be saddled indoors on Saturday, race day, while most of the other horses are saddled on the turf course.

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