Titletown Five confirmed for Preakness
Lukas saddled Editor's Note (third), Victory Speech (fifth) and Prince of Thieves (seventh) for the 1996 Preakness. If all three go to the post on May 18, it will extend his Preakness record to 40 competitors, including winners Codex (1980), Tank's Prospect (1985), Tabasco Cat (1994), Timber Country (1995) and Charismatic (1999).
"I feel comfortable starting this horse," he said. "I own a piece of him with Paul Hornung and Willie Davis, the all-pro (football) players. They're excited about him and so am I."
Lukas said he was securing a rider for Titletown Five.
Itsmyluckyday, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby, was confirmed Tuesday morning as a likely starter in the Preakness. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. expressed confidence that the sloppy track at Churchill Downs was the reason for his Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull winner's subpar showing.
"For a horse to train that well and run that poorly and come out of the race so well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out," he said.
Itsmyluckyday has shown his connections nothing but positive signals since the Derby.
"Everything's going 100 percent," Plesa said. "He went to the track today, and my assistant trainer (Frankie Perez) and exercise rider (Peter Shelton) gave him a 10-plus on a scale from 1-10."
The son of Lawyer Ron jogged two miles at Churchill Downs.
"It's a good thing we went around twice and not once because I might not have gotten him back to the barn, because he was feeling so good," Shelton said.
The Bob Baffert-trained Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning in preparation for his Preakness bid.
Working in company with Fed Biz, Govenor Charlie was clocked in 1:11 2/5 after posting fractions of :12, :23 4/5, :35 2/5 and :58 3/5 under Ricardo Santana Jr. Stakes winner Fed Biz, who was ridden by Rosie Napravnik, was also clocked in 1:11 2/5.
Also at Churchill, Illinois Derby winner Departing galloped 1 1/2 miles Tuesday morning and is scheduled to tune up for the Preakness with a breeze on Saturday or Sunday.
Mylute, fifth-place finisher in the Derby, walked the shedrow and could return to the racetrack on Wednesday morning.
Chad Brown-trained Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place Derby finisher, and Rudy Rodriguez-trained Vyjack, who finished 18th in the Derby, remain Preakness possibles.
Street Spice, the fifth-place finisher in the Illinois Derby, is under consideration for a run in the Preakness. Trainer Greg Geier said Tuesday that he will make the decision on whether to try the Preakness after he works the Street Sense colt this weekend.
The Kentucky-bred has a 2-0-1 record in six starts, all at Chicago-area tracks. At odds of 44-1, he finished 5 1/2 lengths behind Preakness-bound Departing in the Illinois Derby on April 20 at Hawthorne.
"He had a lot of trouble in the Illinois Derby and got bumped around three or four times," Geier said. "He was about eight-wide all the way around there."
Bellarmine, an allowance winner on the Kentucky Derby undercard, has been withdrawn from Preakness consideration by trainer Ken McPeek.
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