The field for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) continues to grow, as one horse was reported to be on his way to Baltimore, a second became a surprise supplement to the race, and trainer Nick Zito gave some indication as to which of his horses may still be in play.
Co-owner Sanford Goldfarb sent word from New York that Golden Man
would be supplemented to the Preakness. The gelded son of Suave Prospect is four for 11 lifetime. He was claimed out of a race at Gulfstream Park in January and made his one and only start for trainer Richard Dutrow at that same track April 2. He has never started in a stakes race.
The $100,000 supplement would push the Preakness purse to $1.1 million.
"Golden Man ran a big race at Gulfstream [defeating future grade II winner Coin Silver]," said trainer Dutrow, who was born in the Baltimore area. "After the claim, we did some work on him and straightened him out. He just breezed this morning at Aqueduct [five furlongs in 59.65 seconds]. We're going to try and get Edgar Prado to ride him back."
As events continue to unfold toward the 130th running of the Preakness, Pimlico officials await the arrival of Afleet Alex
, the likely favorite for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the Tim Ritchey trained colt left Louisville Wednesday morning and is expected to reach the stakes barn between 4 and 6 p.m.
Questions remain about which of Zito's five Derby winners will start in the Preakness. High Fly
, Noble Causeway
, and Sun King
are all still under consideration and will all work the morning of May 16 in Louisville before a decision is made. Team Zito will be aboard one of the flights out of Louisville May 18.
"All will work Monday before a decision is made," said Zito's assistant Reynaldo Abreu. "We will have nine horses on the flight, so we'll be running in many of the races on Preakness weekend."
Until the Zito question can be answered, reports from the camps of other Preakness hopefuls continue to trickle in. Trainer John Shirreffs was at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning tending to the Derby winner Giacomo
Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Derby runner-up Closing Argument
, checked in with the Pimlico media staff from his base at Belmont Park.
"He went out there this morning to jog a mile and gallop a mile. He's a pretty fit horse right now. He might not need a work prior to the Preakness – but if he does it will definitely be at Belmont."
Trainer Robbie Bailes gave media staffers at Pimlico a progress report on Scrappy T
, who won the Withers Stakes but skipped the Derby to await this start.
Bailes said, "We've given the Preakness mount to Ramon Dominguez. Our plan remains to ship Scrappy T on Sunday morning and have his final workout at Pimlico. This horse has a good deal of speed. In the Preakness we're going to send him and see how far he can go."
Other new shooters include local hero Malibu Moonshine
and Hal's Image
Also probable for the Preakness are Wilko
and Greeley's Galaxy
, who finished sixth and 11th in the Derby. Both will be on a flight from Louisville next Wednesday. Still possible from the "Run for the Roses" are High Limit
and Going Wild
Todd Pletcher and Bobby Frankel have apparently taken Flower Alley
and First Word
, respectively, off the Preakness possible list.