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Field for Preakness swells to 10

May 9, 2008 7:25 PM

by Kevin Stott | href>The field for the $1 million Preakness Stakes on May 17 is nine and counting – but there’s only one horse that raced in the Kentucky Derby besides winner Big Brown that is making plans to head to Maryland – Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory who finished fifth in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.

"We’re there (Preakness Stakes) to win," said co-owner Ronnie Lamarque. "Big Brown is a bear but we’re not going to run it to run second."

Recapturetheglory had a light workout at Churchill Downs on Wednesday and leaves Louisville today before arriving in Baltimore (Pimlico) on Saturday.

Seven other three-year-olds are shipping to Pimlico and will compete in the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown including Giant Moon, Kentucky Bear, Stevil, Tres Borrachos, Yankee Bravo, Racecar Rhapsody, Behindatthebar and Hey Byrn.

Behindatthebar was the last horse to qualify for the Kentucky Derby but pulled out, making way for third-place Denis of Cork to enter the race.

Several other horses are contemplating running in the race including Riley Tucker, Harlem Rocker and Macho Again. The three have not officially entered the Preakness Stakes yet.

The owners of Hey Byrn enetered him into the race this morning as the list nears its maximum field of 14 but trainer Eddie Plesa is still looking for a jockey for the race.

Big Brown trained on Wednesday for the first time since winning last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, jogging clockwise around the one-mile main track at Churchill Downs with rider Michelle Nevin aboard.

The owner of Big Brown, Rick Dutrow, said he is already sizing up the competition in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness and said that (trainer Todd) "Pletcher’s white horse," Harlem Rocker, is the only one that concerns him. Dutrow said that any horse that is trying to upset Big Brown "is going to have to be a really good one."

Harlem Rocker won the Withers Stakes.

As far as speculating on the odds for the big race, Pimlico linesmaker Frank Carulli laughed when asked what the morning line might be for Triple Crown threat Big Brown.

"Below even-money, let’s put it that way," Carulli said of the probable Preakness odds.

The biggest recent favorite in the Preakness Stakes was back in 2000 when Fusaichi Pegasus was priced at 30 cents on the dollar.

The Preakness Stakes will air from 2-4 p.m. (PDT) on NBC on May 17. ESPN2 will air "Today at the Preakness" from 8 to 11 a.m. (PDT) followed by a "Preakness Special" on ESPN from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PDT) right before the race.