Fresh Horses Expected in Second Leg of Triple Crown

With only the top two Kentucky Derby finishers and fourth-place Medaglia d'Oro confirmed for the Preakness (gr. I), a crowd of new shooters are expected for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Most of the horses War Emblem beat on Saturday are passing up the Preakness. It looks like only two other Derby horses – runner-up Proud Citizen and fourth-place finisher Medaglia d'Oro will move on to Baltimore. Harlan's Holiday, seventh in the 18-horse field as the 6-1 favorite, is possible.

"We're planning on going," said Proud Citizen's trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The Hall of Famer is also sending Table Limit to the Preakness.

Also headed to Baltimore is Booklet, a front-runner like War Emblem. Trained by John Ward, Booklet was second behind Harlan's Holiday in the Blue Grass, but does own two wins over him -- in the Holy Bull (gr. III) and the Fountain of Youth (gr. I).

Also planning to run are several colts who had not earned enough money to make the Derby field -- Sunday Break, Crimson Hero, Straight Gin and U S S Tinosa. In addition, Easyfromthegitgo, Equality, Magic Weisner, Marasca and Stephentown are being be pointed to the Preakness.

Saarland, 10th in the Derby, suffered a bone chip in the race and was expected to have surgery.

The last full field in the Preakness was 1992.