Churchill Downs was the scene Friday of several Preakness Stakes hopefuls galloping as they prepare for the 138th edition of the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas had his three Preakness contenders gallop over the Churchill oval. Exercise rider Rudy Quevedo guided Oxbow and Titletown Five while Taylor Carty was aboard Will Take Charge.
Illinois Derby winner Departing, trained by Al Stall Jr., galloped 1 1/2 miles with Trina Pasckvale in the saddle.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who did not have a Kentucky Derby starter this year, had Sunland Derby champ Govenor Charlie, with Jorge Alvarez in the saddle, gallop 1 1/2 miles Friday morning.
Trainer Tom Amoss sent out Mylute, fifth in the Run for the Roses, for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with Maurice Sanchez riding. Amoss will speak with Mylute's owners Saturday before a decision is made concerning the Preakness.
"He trained well this morning and showed good energy. I was satisfied with what I saw and passed that on to the owners," Amoss said. "After he trains in the morning, I'll call the owners at 7 and we will make a decision on the race."
Mylute, owned by GoldMark and Whispering Hill Farms, was second in the Louisiana Derby.