The morning after the Pimlico Special produced favorabl news -- except for the race's big disappointment.
Unbridled, a dull sixth behind winner Farma Way in Saturday's Special, bled in the race. He left Pimlico Race Course yesterday for Arlington Park in Chicago, where trainer Carl Nafzger will regroup him.
Nafzger said the colt bled "substantially" in his trachea and even had a trickle in his right nostril.
"Dr. [Jim] Stewart treated him, he had his Lasix, and he hadn't bled since his 2-year-old year and we thought that was behind us," said Nafzger.
Meanwhile, tentative plans, made for several Special starters after the race, became more solid yesterday.
Farma Way will run in Belmont Park's Nassau County Handicap, which will be run on the same June 8 program as the Belmont Stakes. Jolie's Halo, third in the Special, will challenge him. Festin, fourth in the Special, will return to California; he will either ship back East for the Nassau County or wait for the Hollywood Gold Cup on June 29. Summer Squall, second in the race, will run next in the Hollywood Gold Cup.
The 1 1/8 -mile Nassau County and 1 1/4 -mile Hollywood Gold Cup are the fifth and sixth races, respectively, in the American Championship Racing Series.
* Whadjathink, one of seven definite Preakness candidates, worked six furlongs in 1 minute, 12 seconds yesterday morning. The colt went the final three furlongs in 35 2/5 seconds.
"He won't need anything else here," said trainer Michael Whittingham.
The 1-2 Kentucky Derby finishers, Strike the Gold and Best Pal, are scheduled to work early this morning.
Subordinated Debt, who would be an eighth Preakness starter, still is under consideration for the race.