Teeth of the Dog Breezes, Set for Preakness

J.W. Singer's Blue Grass Cat colt was a Peter Pan entry; Zetterholm also confirmed.

Expected Preakness Stakes (gr. I) starter Teeth of the Dog breezed five furlongs in 1:01 under at Fair Hill Training Center May 12.

“He worked real well and galloped out real good. We’re all set for next Saturday,” said trainer Michael Matz in reference to the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course May 19.

In other Preakness news, Winter Park Partners’ Zetterholm  boarded a van bound for Pimlico after his morning exercise at Aqueduct May 12.

Matz had entered Teeth of the Dog in the May 12 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park but scratched the son of Bluegrass Cat  when assured that he would qualify for the 14-horse Preakness field.

Exercise rider Paul Madden was aboard J.W. Singer's Teeth of the Dog for the workout. Joe Bravo has the Preakness mount. Bravo guided Teeth of the Dog to a maiden victory at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 and a third-place finish in the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 7.

Bred in Kentucky by Royal Pegasus, Teeth of the Dog is out of the Deputy Minister mare Deputy Reality. The bay colt has a win, a second, and two thirds in four lifetime races with earnings of $136,450. He will be seeking his first stakes win in the Preakness.

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who sent Zetterholm to the track for a once-around gallop, said the New York-bred colt by Silver Train is scheduled to work six furlongs at 8:30 a.m. May 13 at Pimlico.

The colt was also entered in the Peter Pan but scratched in favor of the Preakness.

Dutrow said that the colt’s regular jockey, Junior Alvarado, will ride Zetterholm in the 137th Preakness Stakes.

“We’re ready to roll,” Dutrow said.

Zetterholm, winner of three consecutive races, will be Dutrow’s third Preakness horse. He won his debut with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown  in 2008 and Yawanna Twist was fourth in 2010.