Divining Rod Tunes Up for Preakness

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Lael Stable's Divining Rod (Tapit) worked an easy half-mile in :51.60 at Fair Hill Training Center Saturday in preparation for the May 16 GI Preakness S. 

“He just stretched his legs out there, and that's kind of what we wanted,” commented trainer Arnaud Delacour. “He had a good breeze last week. Everything has been going well with him. He's happy and came back in good shape.” 

Second in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. and third in the GII Tampa Bay Derby, Divining Rod is coming off a three-length victory in the GII Coolmore Lexington S. 

“I am happy with him,” Delacour said. “It's been a pretty uncomplicated preparation. We've had no setbacks, no major issues, so I feel good about it. Of course, it's a big race. It's a step up. It's not an easy race, but as far as the preparations and the way he looks I'm very happy with everything.” 

Delacour will be saddling his first Preakness starter next weekend. 

“It's fun to be able to be a part of it,” he said. “We're going to enjoy the day, try to give our best shot and hopefully have a good outcome.”

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