Funny Cide to Pimlico on Preakness Morning; Other Notes

Edited release from Maryland Jockey Club

Trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will likely remain at Belmont Park in New York until Saturday, when he will be shipped to Pimlico Racecourse to compete in that day's Preakness Stakes. Here is a daily rundown on the probable starters:

ALYSWEEP -- The winner of the Gotham at Aqueduct in March is stabled at Belmont Park for trainer Patrick Reynolds and owners Mark Doneson and Michael Dubb. The ridgling son of End Sweep, who has four career wins from eight starts, will have the services of Jorge Chavez in the irons for the first time.

CHAMPALI -- The second finisher in the Derby Trial galloped today and will breeze tomorrow at Churchill. "If all goes well, we'll be coming to Baltimore on Wednesday said trainer, Greg Foley.

In an interesting game of "musical saddles, Jerry Bailey will be up on Champali and Pat Day will pilot Senor Swinger in the Preakness. In the Derby Trial, Bailey rode winner Midas Eyes and Day had the mount on Champali.

CHEROKEE'S BOY -- The son of Citidancer, who will try to become the first Maryland-bred to win the Preakness since Disputed Testamony in 1983, galloped once around his home training track at Bowie on Monday morning. "He galloped out well and is doing great, trainer Gary Capuano said. He's full of himself now and we will probably breeze him tomorrow (Tuesday). The winner of the Federico Tesio at Pimlico April 19 is not scheduled to return to Pimlico until Preakness day. "He's comfortable here at Bowie and I see no reason to van him over until it's show time, Capuano said. "He knows what the track at Pimlico is like, and he has always run well there. Besides the Federico Tesio victory, in his last start, Cherokee's Boy broke his maiden in his first career start (Maryland Million Nursery) at Pimlico as a 2-year-old. The lifetime earner of $414,929 is owned by ZWP Stable and will have the services of regular rider Ryan Fogelsonger, the reigning Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey.

FOUFA'S WARRIOR --The son of Jade Hunter, owned by Sondra Bender and trained by Lawrence Murray, breezed a half mile at Laurel, his home track, on Monday. He is not slated to arrive at Pimlico for the 128th running of the Preakness Stakes until Saturday. "There's no reason to rush over there (Pimlico), Murray said. "As long as we're not late for the race, we won't have missed a thing. The lightly raced gelding likes to do his running late. "We have a horse who really looks to be happy with himself at this time, Murray said. "And that's why we are taking this shot now. And hopefully there should be a fast pace because this runner loves to come from far out of it.

FUNNY CIDE -- The Derby winner will work tomorrow according to trainer, Barclay Tagg, and the plan remains to ship to Pimlico on Saturday morning. "I have many horses that need attention in New York, the Triple Crown-hopeful trainer commented. "And I've won many races when I shipped down the same day. Still, I might decide to come earlier if it seems the best thing to do.

KISSIN SAINT - - The Kissin Kris colt worked six furlongs in company Sunday under Richard Migliore at fog shrouded Belmont Park. No time was taken, but trainer Lisa Lewis said the Kissin Kris colt finished four lengths ahead of his work rival. Kissin Saint will van from New York to Pimlico on Wednesday.

MIDWAY ROAD -- Although Neil Howard will send out the much-fancied Mineshaft in the G-1 Pimlico Special on Friday, his Preakness hopeful will be among the longer shots the next day. Still, Midway Road comes off an eye-opening allowance win at Keeneland on 24 April.

The pair will arrive at Pimlico on Tuesday, and Mineshaft might be the first Preakness arrival on the grounds.

"Midway Road breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:04-5 this morning reported the trainer, as he prepared for the trip to Baltimore.

NEW YORK HERO - - The Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen runner, winner of the rich Lane's End at Turfway prior to a fourth place finish in the Wood Memorial, will work tomorrow at Aqueduct.

"If he comes out okay, we're planning to ship to Pimlico around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the trainer confirmed from New York.

Folks in the Empire State might find themselves in a conundrum on Saturday over their proper rooting interest. Derby winner, Funny Cide is a New York-bred, the first in fact to ever win the Kentucky classic. However, New York Hero is, actually, a Maryland-bred, but was named to honor the folks who gave their all on 9/11 in the Manhattan tragedy.

PEACE RULES - - The Kentucky Derby third place finisher worked four furlongs Sunday in heavy fog at Belmont Park. The drill wasn't officially timed, but trainer Bobby Frankel said the chestnut colt went "very well over the New York oval.

Frankel said Peace Rules would van from Belmont Park to Pimlico either Thursday or Friday. As of Monday, none of the 12 prospective Preakness starters had arrived on the grounds.

Owned by Edmund Gann of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Peace Rules is 5-1-2 from nine starts with earnings of $1,209,990. Prior to the Derby, the son of Jules reeled off four straight wins including the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes and the Grade II Louisiana Derby.

Before the Derby, Frankel said Peace Rules is a fighter but the 1 1/4-mile distance might be too far. The trainer was prophetic as Peace Rules led into the stretch and battled gamely before yielding to Funny Cide and stable mate Empire Maker.

The trainer is optimistic over the shorter 1 3/16-mile Preakness distance. "I think it will be perfect, Frankel said.

SCRIMSHAW/TEN CENTS A SHINE - - The number of D. Wayne Lukas trainees doubled Monday morning as the venerable conditioner added Ten Cents a Shine to the Preakness-probable list.

"I plan is to bring the two to Baltimore on Wednesday, Lukas said.

The pair simply galloped today at Churchill where "Shine had finished eighth at 37-1 and Scrimshaw wound up eleventh at 16-1 in the Kentucky Derby in their last outings.

On Saturday, Scrimshaw will run as an entry with the Bob Baffert-trained Senor Swinger, both being owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis; however "Shine will not be part of the entry.

SENOR SWINGER - - The son of El Prado worked five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 2/5 Monday morning at Churchill Downs and is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday.

After finishing fifth in the Wood Memorial, Senor Swinger won the American Turf on the grass at Churchill Downs May 2.

"We know he loves the turf, but we're also hoping he can deliver a special effort on the dirt, trainer Bob Baffert said. "From what he is telling us now, the trip should be worthwhile.

The Kentucky-bred won the first two starts of his career on dirt before faltering in the Florida Derby and the Wood.

"I think he has forgotten all about those two races, the irrepressible Baffert said. "I only wish I could.

Owned by Beverly and Robert Lewis, Senor Swinger will again have the services of jockey Pat Day, who has amassed five Preakness victories of his own.

The prospective field, in alphabetical order, for Saturday's 128th Preakness Stakes (all starters carry 126 pounds): Alysweep, Jorge Chavez; Champali, Jerry Bailey; Cherokee Boy, Ryan Fogelsonger; Foufa's Warrior, Harry Vega; Funny Cide, Jose Santos; Kissin Saint, Richard Migliore; Midway Road, Robbie Albarado; New York Hero, Javier Castellano; Peace Rules, Edgar Prado; Scrimshaw, Gary Stevens; Senor Swinger, Pat Day; Ten Cents A Shine, Patrick Valenzuela.