Excerpt taken from San Francisco Chronicle
By: Larry Stumes
Denali foaled and raised Anothertwistafate who notched a post in the 2019 G1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday May 18th.
Anothertwistafate exercised Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The Bay Area horse drew the No. 12 post position and is the 6-1 third choice in the morning line behind No. 4 Improbable at 5-2 and No. 1 War of Will at 4-1. Photo: Will Newton/ Associated Press
When Anothertwistafate leaves the starting gate in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, he’ll be the first horse from the Bay Area to run in a Triple Crown event since Cause to Believe finished 13th in the 2006 Kentucky Derby.
He’ll also be the first Bay Area horse to run in the Preakness since Casual Lies finished third in 1992 sandwiched between a second in the Kentucky Derby and a fifth in the Belmont Stakes.
“I want to do well, not just for ourselves, but for where we come from,” said trainer Blaine Wright, who regularly runs horses at Golden Gate Fields and Emerald Downs and Hastings Park in the Pacific Northwest. “I feel like we’re representing those places. All the people at those tracks are rooting for us. Just because we’re a smaller track doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of talent.”
Wright and owner Peter Redekop tried to get their charge to the Kentucky Derby, but second-place finishes in the Sunland Derby and Lexington Stakes left him a few points short of qualifying.
Anothertwistafate’s El Camino Real Derby victory earned him an automatic fees-paid berth in the Preakness, and Wright brought the colt back from Kentucky to train at Golden Gate Fields.
“He’s been working really well,” said jockey Juan Hernandez, who guided Anothertwistafate through two strong workouts. “When he worked three-quarters (of a mile in 1:14.20 on Saturday), he did it nice and easy and he galloped out strong. He’s ready, and I think he’s going to run well.”
Hernandez rode Anothertwistafate in his first five starts, but Wright and Redekop then went to bigger names, so Javier Castellano rode him in the Lexington Stakes, and Jose Ortiz will be aboard in the Preakness.
“I just told Juan we’ve done a lot of business together and he’s done great for me,” Wright said.
Hernandez said he understands the situation and hopes to ride Anothertwistafate in future races.
The 1 3/16-mile Preakness drew a field of 13, and for the first time since 1951, it doesn’t include any of the first four horses across the finish line in the Kentucky Derby.
Four horses from the Derby are running Saturday: Improbable (placed fourth after the disqualification of Maximum Security), War of Will (seventh), Win Win Win (ninth) and Bodexpress (13th).
We would like to wish the best of luck to all of his owners, trainers and connections!