Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

John Velazquez celebrates after riding Always Dreaming to victory in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Ky.

"I don't even know if there's words that could describe this", Bonomo said.

Always Dreaming will take up residence in stall No. 40, which traditionally houses the Derby victor in the Pimlico stakes barn. He completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 3.59 seconds over a sloppy track and returned $11.40 on a $2 bet to win.

No horse asserted his dominance in the winter prep races leading up to the 143rd Derby.

"The first order of business is to make sure he came out of it well, and the second order of business is how can you get there and what's the best approach to getting to the Preakness", Pletcher said.

Bonomo's wife, MaryEllen, offered up Always Dreaming's name because of her proclivity for thinking big.

"To me, it represents everybody who went to the racetrack for the first time with their dads and were just astonished by the brilliance of these equine athletes and fell in love with the sport", Vincent Viola said.

"At Pimlico, there's generally not a lot of horses training there", he said. Always Dreaming then followed through in the slop by coming on in the backstretch and taking charge entering the turn for home. "We're going to try to refuel him. We'll gallop him up to the race".

Always Dreaming, impressive victor of the Kentucky Derby (G1), is headed to historic Pimlico Race Course for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 142 Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 20.

Also possible to run in the Preakness is Lookin At Lee, the long shot that finished second in the Derby, and 13th-place Girvin. If an issue with fourth-place Classic Empire's right eye clears up, he could join them.

Others being considered for the Preakness include non-Derby starters Cloud Computing, Royal Mo, Conquest Mo Money, Senior Investment and Multiplier.

Gunnevera, who finished seventh following a rough trip, is a possibility, pending a meeting between trainer Antonio Sano and the Fountain of Youth winner's owners.