A.P. Indy is the one horse in this year's Triple Crown series who has received more attention for not running than for actually competing.
Yesterday, his trainer Neil Drysdale pulled him out of the Preakness lineup, stating that the bruised left front foot that forced him to scratch the horse from the Kentucky Derby is still not right.
Drysdale said, "I'm not happy with the foot, but we haven't eliminated the Belmont. For the time being, we'll keep him at Churchill Downs and see how things work out."
* Dixie Brass, another Preakness possibility, was withdrawn from the race by his trainer, Dennis Brida.
"We've always been real patient with this horse and have spaced out his starts," Brida said. "We just felt the 10 days [between the colt's victory last week in the Withers Stakes and the Preakness] was too much. The temptation is there. But we try to do the best we can for the horse."
Pistols And Roses, another Preakness defector, left for Calder Race Course yesterday afternoon.
* Dash For Dotty, owned locally by Henry Rosenberg Jr., now seems assured of starting in the Preakness. There had been some question if he had the necessary earnings. But with so many horses dropping out, the earnings rule probably won't be used.
The 3-year-old Rosenberg gelding worked seven furlongs in 1 minute, 26 4/5 seconds yesterday with his Preakness jockey, Tommy Turner, aboard.
"I thought it was a superb workout," said trainer Bill Donovan. "I don't think that anybody really believes this is as nice a horse as he is."
* Dance Floor, Technology and Pine Bluff are expected to breeze this morning. Pine Bluff is stabled at Belmont Park and is due to ship to Pimlico tomorrow after his workout.
Lil E. Tee and Alydeed are both expected to have speed workouts tomorrow morning.
* Rap star Hammer is scheduled to appear in the Pimlico infield tomorrow afternoon before his concert tomorrow night at the Baltimore Arena.
Hammer, whose family owns Preakness contender Dance Floor, will attend the Post Position draw Thursday morning. He then leaves for concerts in New York, but will return Saturday for the Preakness.
* Tim Capps, vice president of racing at Pimlico, said he assumes that D.J. Cat, owned and trained in Florida by Happy Alter, will not run in the Preakness. Alter has not returned calls to the track despite repeated attempts by Pimlico officials to reach him.
Angel Medina, who trains My Luck Runs North and Fortune's Gone, is another trainer who has been hard to contact, Capps said. It is five days until the Preakness and Medina has yet to firm up shipping arrangements for his horses.
* Claiborne Farm's Preach, trained by Shug McGaughey, is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico this afternoon to prepare for Friday's $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Also expected in the filly counterpart to the Preakness are Miss Legality, Spinning Round, Pleasant Baby, Pacific Hideaway, Diamond Duo and Known Feminist.
The Early Times Dixie Handicap, also on Friday, is expected to draw Canadian champion Sky Classic, Fourstars Allstar, Loyus Pool, Futurist, Shudanz and Classic Fame.