By Nick Hahn

Virginia-bred Dance City worked out this morning heading towards a likely start in the Preakness.  Trainer Todd Pletcher had considered him for the Run for the Roses but finishing third in the Arkansas Derby did not generate enough graded stakes earnings for a Derby bid.

Meanwhile the Derby winner, Animal Kingdom is expected to ship to one of trainer Graham Motion’s stalls at the Fair Hill Training Center on either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Motion will likely keep him at Fair Hill, located some 60 miles from Pimlico, until late into Preakness week. 

Jockey John Velazquez picked up the Derby winning mount after Pletcher’s Uncle Mo was scratched on Kentucky Oaks day. 

DANCE CITY (#8 inside rail) ran third in
the Arkansas Derby (Coady Photography)

Pletcher, who Velazquez usually rides for, will now try to thwart Animal Kingdom’s bid for the Triple Crown.

“I thought his breeze today (5 furlongs in 1:01) was good enough today,” Pletcher said of Dance City concerning his Preakness status. “If we were leaning before the work, the work did nothing to discourage us.”

Dance City was bred Edward P. Evans and owned by his estate.  He is sired by City Zip, out of Ballet Colony by Pleasant Colony.

Motion trained Shared Account, last summer’s All Along winner is being slated for Gallorette (gr. IIIT) also run on Preakness Day.  Shared Account also won the Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf.