May 15, 2013 – Mike Pegram’s Govenor Charlie remains on course for a start in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday, May 14.“He came out of his work really, really well,” said Baffert, who has won the 1 3/16-mile classic five times. “We are prepared to go.”
Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 May 13 at Churchill Downs. Baffert is at home in California this week and has been receiving reports on the colt from longtime assistant Jimmy Barnes.
The Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner did not compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) because a minor foot bruise caused him to miss some training time in April. Govenor Charlie has had three solid works and has demonstrated that he has recovered from the foot issue.