Takeitlikeaman to get Woodlawn test

May 07, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Trainer John Myers has "not totally ruled out" a Preakness run for Takeitlikeaman, but said that "the Belmont Stakes appeals to me a whole lot more."

Takeitlikeaman ran a strong third -- beaten by two noses -- in the Grade III Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on April 23 and was placed second because Looming was disqualified.

Myers is returning the 3-year-old gelding to the grass today in the featured 1 1/16-mile Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico and will reserve judgment on future races until the outcome of that test.

"We'll see how he runs on grass and go from there. No use getting ahead of ourselves," said Myers, who trains the horse for his wife, owner Frances Hill Myers.

Among the challengers in the $75,000 Woodlawn is Silver Profile, who won the Tesio.

"We're expecting him to run big, but to run him back again in two weeks would be asking a lot," Myers said of Takeitlikeaman. "And we'll have to see what happens if it rains and the race [Woodlawn] is moved to the main track."

Myers attributes Takeitlikeaman's strong showing in the Tesio to a new bit.

"I was just praying to be on the board in that race. And we were right there with the horse at 90 percent health. Now, it's hard to keep the skin on him," he said.

Miller Pace set at Rosecroft

The Bill Robinson stable will send out four colts, including the two favorites, tonight in the elimination round of the $246,390 William E. Miller Memorial Pace at Rosecroft Raceway.

The world's best 3-year-old colt pacers will compete in each $24,639 heat, which sets up the $197,112 Miller final next Saturday.

Team Robinson last year backed Presidential Ball, who set an all-time Rosecroft record of 1 minute, 50 3/5 seconds for the mile.

Pacific Rocket, trained by Robinson, is a slight favorite in the first heat and Cam's Card Shark, this year's unbeaten and top-rated 3-year-old, is listed at 7-5 in the second. Robinson also has Armbro Mackintosh and Expensive Scooter, two other contenders, among the 13 horses entered.

The four fastest qualifiers in each heat and the fifth-place finisher with the best time advance to the final.

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