Preakness 2013: Govenor Charlie confirmed for race


The colt was a Kentucky Derby scratch, but has been cleared to challenge Orb in the Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness Stakes field is up to nine, as Govenor Charlie has been confirmed for the race, according to the Baltimore Sun. Govenor Charlie was scratched from the Kentucky Derby with a minor foot injury, but is apparently healthy enough to give it a go in the Preakness.

Back when the horse was scratched, trainer Bob Baffert said that he was still a possibility for the Preakness. He put Govenor Charlie through a six-furlong workout on Monday, and evidently responded well enough to be cleared to race. The Preakness will be Govenor Charlie's fourth race, as he didn't race as a two-year-old. He hasn't run in a race since March 24, when he won the Sunland Derby.

Govenor Charlie is considered one of the few horses that could provide a real challenge for the Kentucky Derby winner, Orb. He will be Baffert's 13th entry into the Preakness, and could potentially become his sixth winner.

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