Greeley's Legacy and Platinum Couple Confirmed to Start in Preakness
Date Posted: 5/16/2006 8:24:29 PM
Last Updated: 5/19/2006 9:17:29 AM

While Barbaro was the media star during his morning gallop at Fair Hill Training Center Tuesday (Read story), two other runners-- Greeley's Legacy and Platinum Couple-- officially tossed their names into the hat for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.

Trainer George Weaver confirmed Tuesday that Greeley's Legacy will be entered in the Preakness.

Greeley's Legacy entered the Preakness picture May 15, the day after he turned in a bullet five-furlong work at Belmont Park.

"We have a lot of respect for Barbaro, Brother Derek and a couple of the other horses in there, but we want to take a shot," Weaver said. "We've got to step up to have a chance to win it, but we think he's ready to run a big one."

Greeley's Legacy will be the first Triple Crown series starter for Weaver. The 35-year-old Louisville native was an assistant to Todd Pletcher before opening his own stable in November 2002.

Weaver said jockeys Jose Santos and Richard Migliore were candidates to ride Greeley's Legacy in the Preakness. Santos rode the colt in his first seven races.

Also confirmed for Saturday's race is Platinum Couple, owned by Team Tristar Stable.

"My son (also Glenn) said to me: `If George Mason can do it, why can't we,'" Glen Lostritto said, referring to the Cinderella team of this year's NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four. "He's fresh; he's doing well. We breed a lot of our own horses, a lot of New York-breds. You don't get a chance like this very often."

Platinum Couple, who won a pair of restricted races at 2, including the $85,000 Damon Runyon at Aqueduct, just walked Tuesday after a final work Monday on a sealed track in New York. He was scheduled to leave New York at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and arrive at Pimlico Tuesday evening.

In other Preakness-related news, Brother Derek, galloped 1 ½-miles at Churchill Downs under trainer Dan Hendricks' assistant, Francisco Alvarado. Brother Derek and Hendricks will both be shipping to Baltimore Wednesday.

Trainer Michael Trombetta sent Sweetnorthernsaint out for a 1-1/2-mile gallop at Laurel Park and indicated he's still undecided as to when he'll van the Derby favorite to Pimlico.

"I'm still not 100 percent sure,'' he said. "But it's looking like we may come Saturday morning. He's doing well here."

Some reporters have questioned why Trombetta and his owners decided to come back in two weeks after a seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

"There are two reasons to run,'' he said. "First, you had an impressive Derby winner. Reason two is coming back in two weeks. It's demanding on these horses and not all of them are equipped to handle it. He (Sweetnorthernsaint) was tired, but he cooled out well and scoped clean after the race."

And Trombetta was certainly not discouraged by his colt's effort despite some adversity.

"Unfortunately for him the only passing lane was what I would call a dead rail that nobody really wanted to be on,'' he said. "That's why it was available for him, and it pretty much emptied the tank. He got tired chasing. Horses can only sustain a high-speed run for so long, and he was basically being asked from the three-quarter pole on in a mile-and-a-quarter race. There's not a whole lot of them out there that can do that.''

The post-race indicators have been positive for the shorter task in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness.

Unrelenting rains in the New York area Tuesday prompted trainer Tom Albertrani to postpone Bernardini's scheduled workout at Belmont Park until Wednesday morning.

"We're having a lot of rain, so he did a little jogging and loping around the track," Albertrani said. "Hopefully, it'll clear up a bit and he'll get to work tomorrow morning."

After watching and listening to "every single weather report" in the Metropolitan New York area, Albertrani expected to be able to send the Darley Stable's homebred colt to the track for a five-furlong breeze Wednesday.

"We still have a couple of days, but it's not important to get a stiff work into him. We just want him to stretch his legs a bit," he said.

Albertrani will be on hand at the ESPN Zone for Wednesday's selection of post positions for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, before returning to New York to supervise Bernardini's training Thursday morning. The son of A.P. Indy is scheduled to van to Pimlico Friday.

The Steve Klesaris-trained Diabolical sent the son of Artax to the Fair Hill training track Tuesday for a 1 1/2-mile gallop.

"He wanted to do a lot more than she was letting him do," said Klesaris. "We'll save that for Saturday."

Klesaris expressed total satisfaction in his colt's preparation for his debut on the Triple Crown trail.

"He's very sharp and very fresh," he said. "Those are the two reasons why we're opting to run him in the Preakness."

Diabolical, who'll be ridden by Ramon Dominguez Saturday, will ship to Pimlico Preakness Day.

Trainer Nick Zito sent Hemingway's Key out for a 1 1/4-mile gallop Tuesday at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

Hemingway's Key, a $210,000 purchase at Ocala in 2005, won his first two starts for Zito and George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable. He has lost his last four in graded stakes company, prompting Zito to try blinkers before his Lanes End appearance two races back. The blinkers are coming off for the Preakness.

Hemingway's Key and five stablemates are scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. Wednesday after a van ride from Saratoga Springs.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent Like Now to the Belmont Park track Tuesday for a 1 1/2-mile trot due to the sloppy track conditions.

In a phone call from New York, McLaughlin said that Like Now was doing fine, and that everything remains on schedule. Like Now is scheduled to be shipped from Belmont Park to Pimlico Friday.

Trainer King Leatherbury continued to play the waiting game Tuesday with Ah Day. Leatherbury has to decide by the time entries close at noon Wednesday whether to run Ah Day in the Preakness – which will require a supplemental entry fee of $100,000 – or send the gelding to the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

"I'm going to try and do a little a little handicapping today on the race. That's going to help us decide," Leatherbury said.

Ah Day galloped 1 ½ miles Tuesday at Laurel Park under exercise rider Doug Leatherman.

Ah Day would have to be supplemented to the Preakness field because he was not nominated to the Triple Crown series by his co-owners, Leatherbury and the Malibu Moon Partnership.

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