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May 10, 2012

Derby winner takes up residence in Baltimore


Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another made his way to Pimlico Race Course and is preparing for the $1 million Preakness Stakes on May 19.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another is being taken care of by assistant trainer Jack Sisterson with the boss Doug O'Neill back in California. O'Neill is expected to arrive from Southern California Wednesday when the Derby champ will jog on the Pimlico track.

"He looks like he never ran," Sisterson said about the chestnut colt. "He's eaten everything up. He wants to get out of the barn. He's quiet once he's in there, but once he's out, it's like, 'OK, I want to go out to the track now.' That's something we want to see. After a race, especially one like the Kentucky Derby, you're always wondering if it has taken something out of him, but he's doing fantastic."

On the same flight from Louisville to Baltimore on Monday was Went the Day Well, fourth in the Run for the Roses. The colt is back at his Fair Hill barn to get ready for the second jewel in the Triple Crown.

"I'm just amazed how this horse has handled everything," said trainer Graham Motion. "Everything has gone smoothly, knock on wood."

Owned by Team Valor, Went the Day Well overcame a difficult trip to finish a fast-closing fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Motion said he has watched the replay of the Kentucky Derby a half dozen times.

"I'm not sure seeing it that you get a true appreciation for the trouble that he had," said Motion. "Every time I've watched it, it amazes me how in a jump or two more, I think, he hits the board or finishes second."

Motion trained last year's Derby winner Animal Kingdom for Team Valor and had the colt finish second in the Preakness to Shackleford.

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