A fresh Sea Hero -- looking like he had never even run in the Kentucky Derby 10 days ago -- arrived yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.
The Derby winner heads a prospective Preakness lineup of 11 horses. Trainer Nick Zito confirmed yesterday that he will start Too Wild in Saturday's race.
Sea Hero was feeling so good that Danny Furr, assistant to trainer Mack Miller, could barely hold him on the ground. He brought the horse in from grazing for fear he would hurt himself.
Miller is scheduled to arrive Wednesday.
Yesterday afternoon, three other Preakness hopefuls -- Wild Gale, Personal Hope and Union City-- shipped in from Churchill Downs.
Eight of the 11 horses are on the grounds. El Bakan, Prairie Bayou and Cherokee Run have yet to arrive.
Runs in the family
The Miss Preakness Stakes yesterday was fittingly won by My Rosa, daughter of 1982 Preakness winner Aloma's Ruler.
She came from off the pace in the five-horse field to defeat pacesetters Fightin Jet and Code Blum.
On the air again
Chick Lang Sr., former Pimlico general manager, begins his Preakness Week radio coverage today on WBAL (1090 AM) at 6:15 a.m.
He and Jim West will interview Preakness trainers and jockeys during the week.
Lang likes the chances of Derby runner-up Prairie Bayou since the horse lost valuable ground at Churchill Downs, racing wide and on the outside.