By Nick Hahn

In the shadows of Bodemeister’s Kentucky Derby quest looms a Preakness prospect looking to rumble the Triple Crown waters.  With a win in Saturday’s $200,000 Jerome (gr. II) at Aqueduct, Stirred Up may confirm his stall in the in the Preakness starting gate.  The three-year colt sired by Lemon Drop Kid out of Summer Delight by Real American is owned by Robert LaPenta (Keeneland, September 2010, $420,000) and  trained by Bob Baffert.  (Baffert already has another Virginia-bred in mind for the Derby.)
Stirred Up is the morning line favorite (2-1) in the 142nd Jerome’s seven-horse field.  A win would place Stirred Up 22nd on the graded stakes earnings list after Kentucky Derby defections.  The Jerome now moved up earlier in the year is a mile on the dirt.  Martin Garcia returns Stirred Up who was 3rd in the Sunland Derby (G3) after breaking his maiden at Santa Anita.  Stirred Up ran third in Bodemeister’s maiden win at Santa Anita.
Tranquil Lazy Lane hopes the Preakness picture gets Stirred Up