McPeek to Make Preakness Decision for Mystik Dan Saturday

Mystik Dan (right, rail) Coady Media

Kenny McPeek's final decision on GI Kentucky Derby-winner Mystik Dan (Goldencents)'s Preakness appearance should come Saturday after training at Churchill Downs and post-discussion with the owners.

The Derby hero went through a second day of galloping beneath the Twin Spires Friday morning under Robby Albarado and will likely pick up the pace Saturday morning. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will have other mounts Preakness weekend and will be riding at Pimlico regardless of the final choice.

“Another steady day, another good day. Robby was happy. [Mystik Dan] ate up. We'll discuss it in depth tomorrow [Saturday],” said McPeek. “We usually walk Sundays. When I say more, just a nice gallop, maybe let him stretch a little down the lane. Nothing complicated. Only what he wants to do.”

Albarado said, “Every day is a progression for [Mystik Dan]. He'll get back in his rhythm soon. He's so easy to predict. I knew after the first day that the second day's better, the third day. He felt really good. All his leads were on point. He enjoyed being out there.”

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