Takeitlikeaman may enter race

May 18, 1994|By Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker | Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writers

Takeitlikeaman, a 3-year-old gelding who has won or placed in three stakes but has yet to win this year, might become the 13th starter in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

A dozen horses, including Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin, already are considered likely to start.

"I haven't decided for sure yet what I'm going to do," said John Myers, trainer of Takeitlikeaman. "I don't want to be backed into a corner. I'm weighing the pros and cons and am keeping my options open. I will decide by the time entries close [at 10 a.m. tomorrow]."

Myers said Takeitlikeaman, who is owned by his wife, Snowie, is "thriving. He is squealing and playing. I took him up to Bowie [Training Center] yesterday, and he blew out three-eighths in 36 4/5 seconds and wanted to keep on going. My jockey, Albert Delgado, is determined he's going to win this race one year and really wants us to run."

Takeitlikeaman has finished second in three Maryland stakes this year. In his first start of the season, he was beaten a half-length by Run Alden in the Horatius Stakes at Laurel, then finished third in a three-horse photo finish in the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 23 behind Silver Profile and Looming at Pimlico. Looming, who beat Takeitlikeaman by a nose, eventually was disqualified and the Myers horse was moved up to second.

In his next start at Pimlico on Kentucky Derby Day, Takeitlikeaman finished second in the Woodlawn Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Honorable Flight.

In 13 starts, Takeitlikeaman has won twice, had five seconds, two thirds and earned $89,720.

Myers said he will not run the horse if the track is sloppy.

If the horse doesn't run in the Preakness, Myers said an alternative race is the $50,000-added Sir Barton Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the Preakness undercard. "But my horse prefers the longer distance of the Preakness," Myers said.

Tabasco Cat to arrive today

Tabasco Cat, the only Preakness entry still at Churchill Downs, had his final tuneup yesterday morning.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas called the colt's 1-minute, 1 3/5-second effort for five furlongs "a good, solid work." The racing strip was fast.

Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Tabasco Cat will ship into Pimlico today with an expected arrival at the Stakes Barn at about 3 p.m.

Jockey Pat Day was aboard for the workout when Tabasco Cat galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 1/5.

Lukas is in search of his third Preakness victory, but first since he trained Tank's Prospect in 1985. The other was with Codex (1980).

Miscellaneous

Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham is delighted with the condition of Derby Trial winner Numerous, who galloped two miles yesterday. "He had a nice race [in the Trial] that didn't take much out of him," said Whittingham. "He's good and sharp, fresher than those Derby horses." . . . Polar Expedition galloped 1 1/2 miles and appears to be acclimating well to Pimlico. "It looks like he does better when he goes to a new place," said trainer Hugh Robertson. "He ships good." . . . Silver Goblin jogged and galloped a mile apiece. . . . Blumin Affair, third in the Derby, went for an easy gallop under Mark Wallerstedt, who believes "he's sharper than he was when I first started getting on him the week before the Derby." . . . Shiprock, stabled at Philadelphia Park, will work five furlongs there today or tomorrow and ship here Friday night or Saturday morning.

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