Derby winner nears return to track for Preakness prep

BALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah is set to return to the track Thursday for his first jog since winning the Kentucky Derby.

The colt remained in Bob Baffert's barn at Churchill Downs after Saturday's race, while the four-time Derby winning trainer returned to his home base at Santa Anita in California.

Derby runner-up Firing Line and Baffert's third-place finisher, Dortmund, also remained in Kentucky. Firing Line jogs Wednesday, and Dortmund on Thursday.

All three are scheduled to be shipped to Pimlico Race Course next Wednesday for final preparations before the Preakness on May 16.

Other contenders include Lexington Stakes winner Divining Rod and Tesio Stakes winner Bodhisattva. Neither ran in the Derby.

Possible Derby runners for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness include Danzig Moon (fifth), Materiality (sixth), Carpe Diem (10th) and Mr. Z (13th).

Also possible is Competitive Edge, winner of the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day.

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