Animal Kingdom jogs at Fair Hill

Updated: May 12, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form



Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday at Churchill Downs, had his first piece of light training since the race when he jogged one mile at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Wednesday morning, trainer Graham Motion said.

"He looks super, looks great," Motion said.

Animal Kingdom traveled by van from Churchill Downs to Fair Hill, located in Elkton, Md., about 13 miles from Delaware Park, on Tuesday.

Motion said Animal Kingdom would jog again on Thursday before ramping up to a gallop on Friday. He is being prepared for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, on May 21 at Pimlico.

Motion, reached by telephone, still sounded worn out by the events of the past few days.

"I'm recovering, very slowly," he said. "I'm trying to enjoy the Derby before looking at the Preakness. It's all been pretty overwhelming."

Motion said his "inclination" at this point was to bring Animal Kingdom from Fair Hill to Pimlico on May 20, after training him that morning at Fair Hill, which is about a one-hour drive from Pimlico.

"But I'm fluctuating on that," he said. "I'm in a state of fluctuation."