- Chelokee is unlikely for the Preakness; Michael Matz reiterated to the NY Times that he was not eager to run with....Street Sense, as well as Hard Spun and Curlin. His third place finish in the Florida Derby doesn't look as good as it might have before the Derby, and the colt is recovering from a foot abscess, so Matz, as we might expect him to, seems to be doing the right thing by opting for the softer Barbaro Stakes. Or perhaps he'd prefer to forego all those inevitable interview requests and just wait for the Peter Pan.
Here's Street Sense's eventful recap for Sunday: “We stood him in the gate and backed him out.” He sounds ready to me. Nafzger said he'll breeze him on Tuesday; ship him on Wednesday.
Larry Jones continues to sound very cocky about Hard Spun; here he dismisses any threat posed by the speedy Flying First Class:
“He’s just a little faster than the other horses,” Jones said of Hard Spun. “If you want to run with him early, if you want to commit suicide, he’ll make you run much faster than you want to. I’m not saying he’s the fastest horse in the world, but he’s got a great cruising speed.” [Thoroughbred Times]I continue to be a bit confused about this horse; he showed some nice handiness stalking the pacesetters in the Lane's End, and I don't really understand why he has to run so fast so early at this point.
And Pletcher is hinting at entering another horse in addition to King of the Roxy. He would not be drawn into naming his second possible entrant, saying only that the decision would be made on Wednesday. [Brisnet] Hmmm, any guesses? If he's thinking of any of the colts, or the filly, who ran on Derby weekend, we'd have to presume that he/she is doing quite well in order for him/her to run back on two weeks rest.