- Dr. Dean Richardson and Michael Matz were smiling and joking at last evening’s press conference, but Dr. Richardson warned that Barbaro’s survival was still a “coin toss, even after everything went well." [Daily Racing Form]
David Zipf, Maryland’s chief vet, confirmed that he inspected Barbaro after he broke through the starting gate, and that the colt seemed fine both then and during the warmups.
"If there are any problems during warm-ups, I'll ask the jockey to bring the horse to me and will tell him exactly what to do with him, depending on the problem I may see....In the case of the Preakness, being at the gate I saw each horse warm up, and there were no problems. Barbaro looked fine. He was very aggressive, lunging against the pony, and striding out well." [Bloodhorse]
- NYRA’s Bill Nader says that he’s still hoping for a crowd around 60,000 for the Belmont. Considering that 62,274 showed up last year to see Afleet Alex in perfect weather, that may be wishful thinking. Perhaps NYRA may want to reconsider that ban on bringing beer into the park.
- The UK’s Independent Online reports (in its very British way) that Discreet Cat will be resuming in the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont on 4 July.
- Maybe in a way it’s good news that the preliminary ratings for the Preakness show a 3.4% decline from last year. That way, perhaps less of the new fans that the sport is always hoping to attract saw what happened to Barbaro. Nonetheless, it can't be good that ratings have declined for the last five Triple Crown races, and it's almost a lock that the Belmont will make it six.