LEWIS | Stewart hopes Tale of Verve has fairy tale ending
BALTIMORE - Tale of Verve trainer Dallas Stewart knows says he needs "racing luck" Saturday if his Preakness hopeful is to hit the board.
"Anything can happen," Stewart said Thursday morning outside the stakes barn at Pimlico.
Stewart will saddle the morning line's longest shot (30-1) Saturday in the 140th running of the Preakness. Tale of Verve just missed out on the Kentucky Derby when two scratches occured before the race, but too late for the horse to enter the field.
"Sure we were (disappointed) but we lived with it and we moved. And here we are," he says.
"Here" is Pimlico, where Tale of Verve took the track for the first time the first time Thursday morning after shipping in from Churchill Downs Wednesday.
"We are good to go," Stewart said after exercise rider Kortez Walker galloped Tale of Verve. "He picked it up the last time through the stretch and Kortez said he didn't want to stop."
That's a good sign for Stewart, who hopes to see his Preakness hopeful close quickly.
"They went the last quarter in :26 in the Derby, which is OK, but this is a different race. If that takes place (and there's) a lot of speed and it folds back to us, we should be finishing."