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Local horse, Conquest Mo Money has had quite a year on the racetrack. He won two stakes races at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, he was second in the Sunland Derby and second in the prestigious Arkansas Derby.

On Saturday, the three-year-old son of Uncle Mo will attempt to win one of the Triple Crown races when he runs in the 1 and 3/16th miles Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Md.

Conquest Mo Money left Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and began training at Prairie Meadows in Iowa, which is where trainer Miguel Hernandez and owners Tom and Sandy McKenna have horses running right now.

“Conquest Mo Money is training well,” said Hernandez via phone from Maryland. “He got in some good work in Iowa and he made the trip to Maryland just fine. He’s handled all of this well. I believe he’s ready for Saturday’s race.”

In his final workout last Friday before the Preakness, Conquest Mo Money worked a half mile in 48 second 2/5 under regular jockey Jorge Carreno, who has been Conquest Mo Money’s only jockey in his career.

Conquest Mo Money had enough qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby but the McKenna’s decided to skip the that race in favor of the Preakness. The owners have paid a $150,000 supplemental fee since Conquest Mo Money was not Triple Crown nominated. But Conquest Mo Money, who was purchased for $8,500 at the Kenneland November sale, has already earned more than $500,000 in his career.


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“Conquest Mo Money has gotten better with each race and we’re excited to see how he performs in the Preakness,” Tom McKenna said. “Pimlico is a good track and it’s going to be a great race. Every horse in the field is strong.”

Conquest Mo Money drew the No. 10 post on Wednesday and will battle nine rivals, including Hence, who beat him in the Sunland Derby. Conquest Mo Money was also given morning-line odds of 15-1. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dream will start out of the No. 4 post and was given morning-line favorite status at odds of 4.5.

“This has been a great journey and Conquest Mo Money has taken us on a great ride,” Hernandez said. “To be a part of a Triple Crown race is a wonderful feeling. These are the types of races you always want to be a part of. Our goal is to win it and make everyone back at Sunland Park Racetrack proud. Conquest Mo Money has come a long way in the past few months and he always gives us a great effort.”

Felix F. Chávez may be reached at 546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.


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