Genuine Risk, the filly who startled the racing world with her victory in the Kentucky Derby, will come to Pimlico Saturday and will run in the Preakness Stakes May 17.
Trainer LeRoy Jolley announced the plans for Genuine Risk in New York today, after days of deliberation. "It was a hard decision," he said, "But because of her clear-cut victory in the Derby, she is entitled to the chance to run in the Preakness."
If she succeeds, Genuine Risk would be the first filly to win the Pimlico classic since 1924.
Although Derby winners are almost automatically pointed for the Preakness, Jolley waited a few days because he wanted to assess the filly's physical condition. He says she is not especially robust, and he remembered that after the Wood Memorial Stakes -- her final pep for the Derby -- she seemed to be tired and listless for days.
But Jolley said that the 1 1/4-mile Derby seemed to have taken less of a physical toll on Genuine Risk than the Wood Memorial did. So the filly will come to Pimlico and essentially repeat the same sort of training schedule she had for the Derby, with a fast five-furlong workout Wednesday.
Besides Genuine Risk's own condition, another factor influencing Jolley might have been the shortage of serious contenders for the Preakness. Of the horses behind Genuine Risk at Churchill Downs, only third-place finisher Jaklin Klugman has come to Pimlico.
Runner-up Rumbo went home to California. Rockhill Native and Plugged Nickle were sidlined by minor injuries.
Knight Landing, who finished second to Blue Ensign in the Woodlawn Stakes last Saturday, has been added to the Preakness field.
Genuine Risk will get her principal competition in the Preakness from Jaklin Klugman, the California invader Codex, the Maryland-based Blue Ensign, and also from the horses who run well in the $50,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Saturday.