GI Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Mr. Big News (Giant’s Causeway) put in his final work for next weekend’s GI Preakness S. Saturday with a half-mile move in :50.40 (59/68) at Churchill Downs.
With regular exercise rider Tony Camacho in the saddle, the bay went in splits of :13.20 and :25.40 with a five-furlong gallop out of 1:03.20, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.
“He left the pole really strong, which is how he was working before the Derby,” trainer Bret Calhoun said. “We only wanted an easy work and I told Tony to go in :49 or :50 and gallop out well. He’s been fit after just running in the Derby and it’s been very promising how strong he’s acting in his works after the race.”