Forry Cow How, one of the state's leading Preakness-age colts, will undergo an extensive physical examination at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., today to try to determine the cause of his recent lameness.
The horse was expected to start as one of the favorites along with Haymaker and Colonel Hill last Sunday in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel, but was scratched from the race when he turned up sore.
The horse was X-rayed on Sunday "but the X-rays were clean," said his owners, Binnie and Eddie Houghton. The horse was shipped home to the Houghtons' Buckingham Farm in Chestertown on Tuesday, but now appears sound.
"If he needs time, he'll certainly get it," Mrs. Houghton said. But, she added, if the veterinarians at New Bolton feel he can continue training, he'll return to the track. She said it was doubtful he could still run in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico March 17.
Forry Cow How has not yet been nominated to the Triple Crown. A total of 369 horses were made eligible to the three-race series on the Jan. 16 deadline at a cost of $600 each. Horses can still be nominated at a second deadline, April 8, but the cost increases to $4,500.
So far, Forry Cow How has made five starts, winning twice, finishing second twice and third once. He has earned $65,980, including a win over Haymaker in the Star De Naskra Stakes at Laurel Jan. 1.
If Forry Cow How fails to make the classics, the Houghtons still might have a rooting interest in the Triple Crown. Mrs. Houghton's father, Anderson Fowler, has a promising 3-year-old named Green Alligator racing at Santa Anita. He's expected to make his next start in the $500,000 Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park and is trained by the Houghtons' son-in-law, Murray Johnson.
Meanwhile, Colonel Hill, runner-up to Haymaker in the Private Terms Stakes, has a new trainer. Owner Vic DiVivo has turned the colt over to LeRoy Jolley in New York.