Strike the Gold comes to Pimlico today

May 08, 1991|By Marty McGee J

Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course about 8 a.m. today to begin training for the Preakness.

The colt was to leave Louisville, Ky., where he won the Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, by van at 8 p.m. last night.

Strike the Gold, trained by Nick Zito, was to be accompanied by several other of Zito's horses. The colt will occupy Stall 40 in the Preakness barn, the traditional Pimlico home for Derby winners.

Monday night, hopefuls for Saturday's Pimlico Special and the May 18 Preakness arrived by plane at Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Louisville. Best Pal, Mane Minister, Corporate Report and Olympio are to run in the Preakness; Unbridled and Festin are to ride in the Special.

Whadjathink, winner of the Spotlight Breeders' Cup at Hollywood Park Saturday, is coming for the Preakness, Pimlico officials said yesterday.

Whadjathink, trained by Michael Whittingham, has won three of five starts this year, all in Southern California.

Track officials also are listing Near the Limit and Honor Grades as definite for the Preakness.

Fly So Free has dropped out of contention for the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

Silver Survivor will be the last Pimlico Special runner to arrive in Maryland. The 5-year-old is expected at Pimlico this afternoon, trainer Glenn Hild told Pimlico officials.

Monday, Farma Way and Summer Squall had their last major workouts for the Special. Summer Squall worked five furlongs in 1 minute flat, and Farma Way went six furlongs in 1 minute, 15 3/5 seconds.

Maryland jockey Danny Wright, 44, helped save a woman from drowning in the Inner Harbor on Monday night after she lost her balance and fell in.

She must have hit her head and wasn't completely coherent," said Wright, who was attending a United Way fund-raiser and was wearing jockey silks.

was signing an autograph, dropped everything and then jumped in at the same time as another fellow jumped in to help," he said.

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