Pimlico Race Course stewards said yesterday that it is OK for Alydeed to race on Lasix in the Preakness.
But Roger Attfield, trainer of the horse, said it is still uncertain whether the 3-year-old Canadian-bred colt will be shipped to Maryland.
Questions about Alydeed's Lasix eligibility surfaced after Attfield planned to run the horse today in the Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park near Chicago.
Illinois stewards said the horse couldn't run on Lasix in that state since Alydeed had bled after a workout at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto on May 4. Attfield then did not enter the horse in the Illinois race. It was the second reported bleeding occurrence for the horse this spring.
But Maryland officials disallowed the May 4 bleeding incident because it was witnessed only by Attfield's private veterinarian.
Under Maryland rules, a horse cannot run for 30 days after it has bled a second time. But the bleeding occurrence must be witnessed by a state veterinarian in addition to a practicing veterinarian.
As far as Maryland rules are concerned, Alydeed only bled once, when he was placed on a Florida Bleeders' List after he finished third March 29 in the What A Pleasure Stakes at Calder Race Course.
Alydeed might still lack sufficient earnings to run in the Preakness, if the race draws a full 14-horse field.
Alydeed's $120,252 in earnings ranks 16th on a list that includes 20 horses. Attfield has entered Alydeed tomorrow in the Queenston Stakes at Woodbine. If he starts in that race, he will not run in the Preakness.
"But we might take a chance, skip the Woodbine race, and hope we draw into the Preakness," Attfield said. "We'll know what we're going to do later today."
Even though the Preakness is just a week away, only three Preakness eligibles -- Technology, Conte di Savoya and Dash for Dotty -- are on the Pimlico grounds.
Lynn Whiting, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner, Lil E. Tee, is expected to ship his horse to Pimlico from Churchill Downs on Monday, along with Casual Lies and Dance Floor, the second- and third-place Derby finishers.
Whiting expressed some concern about weather conditions in Maryland, which could delay the trip until Tuesday. However, it is supposed to be clear and warm in Baltimore by Monday.