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The GI Kentucky Derby hero, Mystik Dan (Goldencents), will run May 18 in the 149th GI Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, trainer Kenny McPeek said Saturday morning via a Churchill Downs press release.

“All systems go,” McPeek said. “He’ll ship out in the morning.”

The champ had a routine 1 1/2-mile gallop at Churchill Downs under retired jockey Robby Albarado, who will be part of the Derby winner’s travel team to Baltimore. After an endoscopic exam and bloodwork was analyzed just to ensure everything was normal, the colt was given the greenlight to travel to Maryland.

“The horse is doing fantastic,” McPeek said after Mystik Dan trained. “I’ve already kind of arranged the logistics of it all.”

Mystik Dan will get a rematch in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness with Muth (Good Magic), who won the GI Arkansas Derby in late March.

“He was ready for the Arkansas Derby,” McPeek said. “I’m not going to use that as an excuse. But he did get turned sideways in that turn, and Brian felt that cost him three or four lengths. But the horse fought back, fortunately… I’m optimistic we can give (Muth) another run.”

The draw for the Preakness will take place Monday, May 13.

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