BALTIMORE (AP) — Triple Crown post position draws haven't been kind to Ride on Curlin.
He landed post 18 in the 19-horse Kentucky Derby. The colt dropped way off the pace, hit traffic trouble turning for home before passing 10 horses in the stretch to finish seventh.
Luck didn't favor him in the Preakness draw on Wednesday evening.
In the 10-horse field, Ride on Curlin landed the outside post as a 10-1 shot.
"It's OK, I'm an outsider anyhow," trainer Billy Gowan said. "I don't think it's bad here. With the kind of pace we have in the field, I think it's fine."
Despite the run of outside posts, Ride on Curlin gives every indication he is sitting on a big effort.
He turned in a half-mile workout of 49.60 seconds on Wednesday morning, the fastest at that distance at Pimlico.
That came one day after he had a very aggressive gallop.
"He's a tough horse and he can take a lot of work," Gowan said. "He moves good over this track."
SHERMAN BACK IN CHARGE: Trainer Art Sherman liked what he saw when reunited with California Chrome, his Kentucky Derby-winning colt who is the 3-5 favorite in the Preakness.
Sherman returned to Southern California after the Derby, leaving the Preakness preparations to his son Alan. California Chrome flew into Baltimore on Monday. Sherman, the oldest Derby winning trainer at 77, hit town a day later.
The elder Sherman supervised the colt's first gallop since the Derby on a foggy, overcast Wednesday, and came away satisfied.
"He looked around quite a bit, like he usually does. He's a very inquisitive horse," Sherman said. "But then he took a hold of the bit and was pulling pretty good. That's his style, the way he gallops every day."
Sherman's main concern remains the two-week span between the Derby and the Preakness on Saturday
"It takes a horse about 10 days to really bounce out of a race good," he said. "He's holding his weight. That's a big factor."
Sherman estimates California Chrome has added 35 pounds since the Derby.
"He seems to be thriving in this type of training, so I'm sure not changing anything. Let's go for it," Sherman said.
California Chrome will spend some time on Thursday getting familiar with the Pimlico starting gate and the paddock area. More galloping also remains on the to-do list until race time.