Preakness week begins for Animal Kingdom

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ELKTON, Md. | It’s just another day on the track for Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. He galloped a mile and a half Monday morning at Fair Hill Training Center, where he has been stabled since last Tuesday.

“That’s pretty much a routine, every-day gallop,” trainer Graham Motion said.

It’s the same distance Animal Kingdom went Sunday, but this time on the main dirt track and not the synthetic Tapeta surface he ran on Sunday.

Motion liked how his horse looked yet again and said he wasn’t worried about what the overnight rain had done to the track.

“Not too much. I could’ve gone on the Tapeta or on the inside, but I thought the main track, it’s in pretty good shape,” he said. “It’s sealed, which is a little different, but I think it’s fine.”

Motion said Animal Kingdom will continue to ramp up his training this week, but the trainer is now leaning toward shipping the colt to Pimlico for the Preakness on Saturday (the day of the race) rather than Friday as originally planned.

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