ELKTON, Md. — Animal Kingdom settled into Fair Hill Training Center comfortably last week, with trainer Graham Motion calling him “a pretty easygoing horse.” The colt and his trainer like it there so much, the drive to Pimlico might wait an extra day.
Motion said Monday he was “leaning” toward waiting until Saturday morning to ship the Kentucky Derby winner to Baltimore from his current home in northeastern Maryland.
“I’m trying to make my mind up about it, but I’m almost leaning more toward bringing him in on Saturday morning,” Motion said.
The original plan was to make the 61-mile drive from Fair Hill to Pimlico on Friday - similar to the timeline used by trainer Michael Matz and Barbaro in 2006.
But Motion, who is based out of Fair Hill, isn’t thinking about past experiences as much as his and Animal Kingdom’s routine going into the Preakness.
“That’s what I normally do with my other horses. I have quite a few horses to run on Saturday, and that’s what they’re going to do, and I don’t really know why I need to do anything different with him,” Motion said. “He’s very happy here. I just want to keep things as normal as can be.”