Go For Gin sizes up track, foes at Pimlico

May 12, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin got his first look at Pimlico's racetrack yesterday, and then he got a chance to check out some of his competitors for the May 21 Preakness.

Trainer Nick Zito sent Go For Gin to the track for a light gallop yesterday morning, and he said he plans to do the same the rest of the week.

"He shipped well and looks great," said Zito of Go For Gin, who was bedded down at approximately midnight Tuesday after a van trip from Kentucky. "He ran a big race in the Derby and came out of it fine."

Go For Gin resides in Stall 40, the space reserved for the reigning Derby champion in Pimlico's Stakes Barn.

Four other Preakness contenders who arrived yesterday include: Blumin Affair, third in the Derby, Powis Castle (eighth), Numerous (Derby Trial winner) and Kandaly, who was scratched from the Derby.

Zito exuded confidence about his horse's chances to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown, too.

"We're looking forward to the Preakness," he said. "This is an honest horse. He never runs a bad race.

People like to talk about how well he ran over the slop at Churchill, but he can run real well on any type of track."

Silver Goblin and Concern were already stabled at Pimlico. Polar Expedition is expected this morning.

Derby favorite, Holy Bull, who finished 12th, is scheduled to ship to Baltimore from Monmouth Park next week, and Tabasco Cat (sixth) is expected by Wednesday.

Derby runner-up Strodes Creek also arrived at Pimlico yesterday, but he's probably just on a stopover before the Belmont. His trainer, Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham, probably will run only stablemate Numerous in the Preakness.

"If Strodes Creek had won the Derby, we'd be running both horses in the Preakness," said Whittingham. "He should have won. Going into the first turn, he was only a length and a half behind the horse that won. Then Powis Castle side-winded him and he came out of the turn 20 lengths back."

Trainer Randy Winick is expected to decide today on whether Brocco (fourth) will enter the Preakness. Looming, a stablemate of Concern, may also run.

Pimlico officials expect a Preakness field of 10 to 12.

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