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Derby Winner Always Dreaming Gallops Smoothly for Preakness

"He was moving really well," trainer says. "As they say: It was exactly what we were looking for"

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    Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming stands outside his barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 15, 2017. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 20.

    Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has gone for a routine gallop ahead of the Preakness, which trainer Todd Pletcher sees as a positive development. 

    Pletcher says "everything went very smoothly" with Always Dreaming on Tuesday, saying he had "good energy" and a "good controlled gallop." 

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    That hasn't always been the case for the dark bay colt who figures to be heavily favored in Saturday's Preakness. 

    The colt, who is 4-for-4 this season, tends to be overly aggressive in his morning exercise. That was the case Monday when he took a slight stumble at the start and tried to buck off the exercise rider. 

    On Tuesday, Always Dreaming was all business for the 1½-mile gallop. 

    Pletcher says: "He was moving really well. As they say: It was exactly what we were looking for." 

    Post positions will be drawn Wednesday.