BALTIMORE -- Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby winner, looked far more comfortable on the track Friday morning at Pimlico than he had the previous morning.
Shortly after 6 a.m., the heavy Preakness favorite galloped once around the track, his neck bowed exuding power. Before he broke into a gallop, he stopped three times -- compared with nine the day before.
Such antics have become commonplace with Fusaichi Pegasus. But during races, he has been nothing but professional -- and better than his opposition.
With $53,959 wagered at Pimlico, Laurel Park and Rosecroft Raceway Friday on the Preakness, here are the closing win odds at 6:20 p.m.:
Fusaichi Pegasus 1-9, High Yield 10-1, Red Bullet 11-1, Captain Steve 18-1, Hal's Hope 30-1, Impeachment 35-1, Snuck In 35-1 and Hugh Hefner 70-1.
First run in 1870 as the Dinner Party Stakes and won by the horse Preakness, the Grade II, $200,000 Dixie Stakes anchors Saturday's undercard at Pimlico.
The Dixie is one of five stakes worth at least $100,000 supporting the 125th Preakness. Trainer Bill Mott-a winner of four stakes on Preakness Day two years ago, including the Dixie with Yagli-has entered Garbu in the 1 1/8--mile test for older horses on the turf.
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