Derby Winner Always Dreaming Gallops Smoothly for Preakness

"He was moving really well," trainer says. "As they say: It was exactly what we were looking for"

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Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has gone for a routine gallop ahead of the Preakness, which trainer Todd Pletcher sees as a positive development. 

Pletcher says "everything went very smoothly" with Always Dreaming on Tuesday, saying he had "good energy" and a "good controlled gallop." 

That hasn't always been the case for the dark bay colt who figures to be heavily favored in Saturday's Preakness. 

The colt, who is 4-for-4 this season, tends to be overly aggressive in his morning exercise. That was the case Monday when he took a slight stumble at the start and tried to buck off the exercise rider. 

On Tuesday, Always Dreaming was all business for the 1½-mile gallop. 

Pletcher says: "He was moving really well. As they say: It was exactly what we were looking for." 

Post positions will be drawn Wednesday.

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