2012 Preakness Contenders: Went The Day Well

Horse: Went The Day Well
Trainer: Graham Motion
Pedigree: By Proud Citizen out of a Gone West mare (Tiz Marie's Day)
Career Record: 6-2-2-0
Career Earnings: $415,345
Notable Races: G1-Kentucky Derby (4th); G3-Spiral Stakes (1st)

Can He Win The Preakness?

After a very nice run in the Derby that saw him finish 4th, the connections of Went the Day Well have to be optimistic about the chances of their colt heading into the Preakness. The son of Proud Citizen has improved with each and every start this spring, yet he's not showing signs of a horse ready to take a step back anytime soon. His training sessions are solid and

Went the Day Well has experienced some gate issues the last few starts, but given his versatile running style that hasn't been a huge negative for him. In the Derby, Went the Day Well closed from 18 lengths back to finish just 2 ½ lengths behind the winner, I'll Have Another. In his victory in the G3-Spiral Stakes at Turfway (and his maiden score at Gulfstream in early March) he was able to stalk the pace in the early stages. The ability of this colt to run well from either a closing or a stalking position should be a huge asset in this Saturday's Preakness.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Went the Day Well improve on that fourth place Derby finish in the Preakness. If he's able to take another step forward on Saturday, it's possible that this colt could find himself in the winner's circle at the end of the day.

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