Preakness Entrants Gallop as Big Event Nears

Edited barn notes from Pimlico

Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart walked the shedrow for an hour the morning of May 14 before he headed to the racetrack for a gallop, and then was schooled in the indoor paddock at Pimlico Race Course. Lion Heart is the second choice in the morning line for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Trainer Patrick Biancone said Lion Heart would be saddled inside, not in the special paddock in the Pimlico infield. "I am going to saddle him inside because of the sun," he said.

In other Preakness news from May 14:

--Roy and Pat Chapman's Smarty Jones galloped on the track at Pimlico and was pronounced ready for the second leg of the Visa Triple Crown Challenge. "I can't see any excuses for him," trainer John Servis said of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and morning-line favorite for the Preakness.

--Steve Taub's Imperialism galloped a mile at Pimlico. Trainer Kristin Mulhall said she expects the usual strong effort from Imperialism, even if the track comes up wet. The forecast now calls for an increased chance of storms Preakness day.

--Kelly, Ralls, Foster, Scott, and Greely's Borrego galloped 1½ miles at Pimlico for trainer Beau Greely.

--Willmott Stables' Eddington galloped 1 3/8 miles at Pimlico. "It was really a nice morning at the track," trainer Mark Hennig said. "We would have liked the opportunity to go in the (Kentucky) Derby," he said. "But after the weather at Churchill, you have to hang your hat on something, and there's a chance that missing the Derby might work out as a small blessing."

--Vincent Papandrea's Little Matth Man was on his way to Pimlico from Philadelphia Park and expected to arrive mid-afternoon. On May 10, Little Matth Man worked four furlongs in :47.21 at Philly Park on a fast track. "He's so sharp and doing well, I can't believe it," trainer Marty Ciresa said.

--Mercedes Stables and Paulson's Rock Hard Ten, trained by Jason Orman, galloped at Pimlico and is on course for the Preakness. He will make only his fourth career start in the race. "He is still learning what racing is all about," Orman said, "and it's time to take another test."

--Paraneck Stable's Song of the Sword was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico after a van ride from Aqueduct. Trainer Jennifer Pedersen said Song of the Sword galloped 1½ miles at Aqueduct May 13 and May 14.

--The Nonsequitur Stable's Water Cannon galloped a mile at the Bowie Training Center. Trainer Linda Albert said Water Cannon would ship to Pimlico by van and arrive at about 1 p.m. the day of the race.