Fresh off a resilient win shortening up in distance, Still Dreaming tackles Graded stakes company on the Preakness undercard on Saturday in the $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes for three-year-old sprinters at Pimlico.
The son of Flatter figures to drop back and make one run in the 6-furlong Grade 3, as he did effectively in a 7-furlong allowance on April 13 at Laurel Park, where he and jockey Wes Hamilton surged through the stretch and got up on the line by a nose over Bozzini, who came back to finish third in Laurel’s Federico Tesio Stakes around two turns.
Still Dreaming, a half brother to Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, ventured into stakes company himself over a distance of ground this winter but was well-beaten in both the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa and the Private Terms at Laurel.
Hamilton will be back aboard on Saturday with post two in a field of nine that includes two undefeated colts, Pyron and Preamble, making their stakes debuts, and the speedster Malpais, coming off an easy victory in the Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town.
Trainer Graham Motion and West Point opted for the Chick Lang over the Sir Barton Stakes, a two-turn event for sophomores on Preakness day.
“It was a pretty nice effort last time. Ideally, I’d rather this was seven-eighths, but that’s not the case,” Motion said. “I always thought of him as potentially one of my best 3-year-olds, or my best 3-year-old. As a sprinter he kind of came from off of it last time, and I would imagine shortening up again to three-quarters that’s what he’ll do again.”
Post time for the Chick Lang is scheduled for 4:42 p.m. Eastern. The race will be part of an NBC Sports Network broadcast from 2 to 5 p.m. Eastern.