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Always Dreaming "calm and collected" today at Pimlico

Always Dreaming was calm and collected today at PimlicoAs activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise. If the aim was to cut down on the bit of excitement the Bodemeister   displayed during his gallop May 16, that mission was accomplished for the May 20 Preakness Stakes favorite (G1).
 
Unlike the day prior—when trainer Todd Pletcher said the colt gave him "a little fright" with some on-track bucks and a slight stumble—Always Dreaming was calm and collected from the barn to the track and through his 1 1/2-mile gallop under exercise rider Nick Bush.
 
"It couldn't have gone any smoother," Pletcher said of the exercise under the orange glow of the rising sun. "We went out at 5:30 (a.m.) and we're going to paddock school at 11 o'clock. Not a whole lot to talk about, really, other than we're really, really happy.
 
"Yesterday was a little different environment, (which) maybe had him a little fired up. I'm not sure. Today was perfect. There was a little more activity around, but it didn't seem to faze 
 

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