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Anne M. Eberhardt

Mylute Confirmed for Preakness Stakes

Fifth-place Derby finisher to work May 13 at Churchill, ship May 15 to Baltimore.

GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm's Mylute, fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Tom Amoss said the morning of May 11.

"I talked with Paul Buhlman (of GoldMark) and Mandy Pope (of Whisper Hill) and we discussed how he was doing and how he was training. The decision was made to go to the Preakness," Amoss reported. "He is booked on the plane for (the morning of May 15) to go to Baltimore."

The decision was announced after Mylute, by Midnight Lute , jogged a mile and galloped two miles on a muddy Churchill Downs surface shortly after the track opened for training at 6 a.m. EDT. Regular exercise rider Maurice Sanchez was aboard.

Amoss said Mylute could work a half-mile early the morning of May 13, depending on weather. The advance forecast calls for no rain in Louisville for the next four days.

Rosie Napravnik, who rode the colt in the Kentucky Derby May 4, retains the mount for the Preakness.

"I'm fired up," Napravnik said by phone from Churchill May 11. "The Preakness is just as high up on my list as the Derby to win. It would probably mean the most to me to win at Pimlico, where I started out and have all the original supporters, the people who really got me going. It would mean so much to win that race."

Awaiting Mylute, among others, at Pimlico will be Kentucky Derby winner Orb .

"We have to find four lengths," Amoss said referring to Orb's advantage over Mylute in the Derby. "If Orb runs his race back in the Preakness, he will be hard to beat."

All other known Preakness candidates on the Churchill Downs backstretch galloped the morning of May 11.

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing galloped 1 1/2 miles on a muddy track shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Trina Pasckvale up. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner is scheduled to work a half-mile the morning of May 12 after the renovation break with Larry Melancon slated to be aboard.

Mike Pegram's Govenor Charlie galloped 1 1/2 miles on a track that had been upgraded to good after the renovation break with George Alvarez aboard. Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work the Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner May 13.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas had his three candidates for Preakness 138 on the track early at Churchill. Sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Oxbow  was the first out of the group, galloping on a muddy track under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo. Will Take Charge , eighth in the Derby, galloped under Taylor Carty in the second set along with Titletown Five, who was partnered by Quevedo.

Lukas said that Oxbow is scheduled to work the morning of May 13.

"I may let the other two go through the stretch" before vanning to Baltimore early the morning of May 14, Lukas said.

Gary Stevens, who rode Oxbow in the Kentucky Derby and who has the Preakness mount, is expected to be aboard for the work.