McPeek Weighs Preakness Shot for Thorpedo Anna

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Trainer Ken McPeek is considering the GI Preakness S. for Friday's GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Thorpedo Anna (Fast Anna), who came out of the race in fine shape.

“She left a little bit of grain last night, about half a scoop, but it's nothing to be worried about,” McPeek said. “It's something we watch regularly, and she typically eats up every night. She's tired. She ran hard.”

He continued, “We're gonna look at the Preakness, but she's gonna have to show us in the next three or four days. We'll get some clarity. There are some fees ($150,000) involved. Probably, at this point, it's less than 50 percent.”

McPeek added that he is looking forward to some stakes possibilities in New York.

“I'll see what the calendar says for 3-year-old fillies,” McPeek said. “You don't want to run her back in the Black-Eyed Susan. Where do you find Grade I races for 3-year-old fillies? I definitely want to get her in the Coaching Club Oaks, Alabama, the Acorn, races like that. The Acorn is a 1 1/8 at Saratoga, so that seems like an ideal spot. There's a lot of math to do.”

Trainer Bill Mott reported that all appeared to be good with reigning juvenile filly champion Just F Y I (Justify) following her runner-up effort in the Kentucky Oaks.

“We haven't had her out this morning, but initially she looks good,” said Mott. “I thought everything looked fine. She'll go to Saratoga next, I don't know what we're going to run her in next, but that's where she's going. She was in position to win (in the Oaks) and didn't win.”

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