Jockey Roger Velez received an interlocutory injunction today in the Circuit Court of Baltimore, suspending the seven-day suspension he was given for a riding infraction Wednesday at Pimlico.
The stay means that Velez can ride Bet Big in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Bet Big won the Preakness Prep in impressive style Saturday.
In other racing news, Common Sense, a colt forced out of the Kentucky Derby field because of insufficient earnings, went three-quarters of a mile in 1:12 at Pimlico in his final workout for Saturday's 108th running of the Preakness.
The well-bred son of Fire Dancer was ridden in his trial by J.C. Penney, who broke him from the gate. The fractions were 24 for the quarter and 48 for the half.
Trainer Dennis Manning said, "We removed the blinkers and he worked well out from the rail. He seems in top condition."
Current Hope, winner of the Flamingo Stakes, had been scheduled to work this morning but trainer Roger Laurin reset him for Wednesday because of the muddy Pimlico strip.
Play Fellow, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, worked an easy six furlongs for trainer Harvey Vanier, who, when questioned about the slow time of the breeze (1:15 3/5), said, "We don't try to break any track records. This is Tuesday and the race is Saturday. The work suited me fine."