The colt jogged around the track under an exercise rider and
in the company of a pony in his first training session that was
overseen by assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale after arriving
from Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Head trainer Todd Pletcher was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore
later on Wednesday and is expected to be on hand Thursday to
observe Always Dreaming's second trip around the Pimlico track.
"He looked good. He was bright, alert, checking things out,
jogging with the pony," DePasquale told the Baltimore Sun.
"We're happy with the way he went this morning."
Always Dreaming is being housed in Stall 40, the famous corner
spot which has previously been filled by Secretariat, Seattle
Slew and other Triple Crown winners.
DePasquale said Always Dreaming is responding well after winning
Saturday's Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths over the 1 1/4-mile
track rated sloppy in 2 minutes 3.59 seconds.
"The race, I think, took nothing out of him. We're happy. He
bounced back almost immediately," DePasquale said.
(Editing by Larry Fine)
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