What the Preakness trainers say

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By Nicholas Godfrey
Racing Post

Went The Day Well

Barry Irwin, managing partner of the Team Valor syndicate, owner of Went The Day Well

“This horse, I think he could have won the Derby if he had broken right, but he didn’t. Once he broke bad, he caused himself a whole bunch of trouble. We have to make sure the horse gets out of the gate this time. If he does, I think we’ve got a good shot. This horse has an enormous amount of ability. He can really run. I think everybody saw it there, and hopefully we’ll see it again.”

Mike Harrington, trainer of Creative Cause

“Several people have asked’me how come you came to the Preakness, like it was foolish for him to come. He’s beaten both those horses [I'll Have Another and Bodemeister] and he only got beat three lengths in the Derby, so why not come? He was tired the first few days after the Derby but now he’s back to his old self.”

Bob Baffert, trainer of Bodemeister

“He drew well in seven because in the Preakness you just don’t want to be stuck down on the inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit. It looks like he took to the track nicely and I am not seeing anything to make’me think anything different about him. He bounced right out of the Derby. His weight has held. He can handle it. I was proud of him [in the Kentucky Derby]. When he cut the corner and opened up at the head of the stretch, I thought ‘maybe,’ but I could see at the eighth pole he was getting tired. He got beat a length and a half and held on for second. That was not disappointing. I enjoy watching him run – he’s a pretty tough horse. The horses that ran in the Derby are going to be the biggest threats. I really don’t know that much about the new shooters. I really haven’t looked at it. But when your horse is one dimensional it is hard to worry about your rivals.”

Scott Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen, trainer of Daddy Nose Best

“The horse was training so well going up to the Derby. The Derby is an event; this is more like a horse race. That’s why we thought he deserved another chance. He looks too good. He may not be good enough, but he may.”

Doug O’Neill, trainer of I’ll Have Another

“I thought the draw [in nine] was really good. I’m very happy with that. Being outside of the legitimate speed, most jockeys would be real happy with that. I’m confident. You never know, but as long as we continue to train like our horse has trained, we won’t be that far off Bodemeister. If Bodemeister is going to get an easy lead, we’ll just push him. If anything, Bodemeister might be behind us early. I could see him chasing us, I really could. I’m just hoping that anyone who bets Bodemeister is regretting it Saturday night.”

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