Wheelaway pulled from field

Impeachment uncertain

High Yield impresses

`Steve' earns his ticket

Notebook

125th Preakness

May 16, 2000|By Kent Baker and Tom Keyser | Kent Baker and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Wheelaway -- fifth in the Kentucky Derby -- will bypass the Preakness.

"After conferring with the owners, it was decided to get the horse ready for the Belmont Stakes," said trainer John Kimmel from Belmont Park.

Caesar Kimmel, the trainer's father, and Philip J. Solondz own Wheelaway.

Meanwhile, the connections of Impeachment -- third in the Derby --will determine his Preakness status after a Belmont workout this morning.

A $260,000 purchase at Saratoga, Impeachment rallied from last place and 22 lengths behind to be beaten by Fusaichi Pegasus by 5 1/2 lengths in Kentucky.

`Yield' pleases Lukas

High Yield, a Derby disappointment who finished 15th, was the first horse to work out at Pimlico yesterday and he went a half-mile in 49 seconds under Stacy Maker.

"It was exactly what we said we wanted for him," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "He couldn't be doing any better as far as we can tell."

Lukas always attempts to get his best horses out early because `'the track is all even and safe the first thing in the morning. There are no holes or anything."

Meanwhile, speedy Hal's Hope jogged a mile and galloped 1 1/2 miles.

`Steve' Baltimore-bound

Captain Steve worked his way into the Preakness field yesterday with a speedy five-furlong breeze in 58 15 seconds at Churchill Downs. That was 45th of a second faster than the workout of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby winner.

Bob Baffert, trainer of Captain Steve, had said he needed to see how his colt worked before making a decision about the Preakness.

"He did it the right way," Baffert said. "He still has the energy. I wanted to put it to him a little bit to see if he still had it after the Derby."

Captain Steve finished eighth in the Derby after another horse slammed into him in the homestretch. Baffert said he believes Captain Steve might have otherwise finished fourth.

Robby Albarado, Captain Steve's jockey, was aboard for the workout. "He's just so aggressive now,"Albarado said. "He's getting better and better.

`The way he's training, the way he's going, you've got to give him a shot. I'm looking forward to his running big this weekend."

Captain Steve will join Fusaichi Pegasus on the flight tomorrow from Louisville to Baltimore. Snuck In, the Steve Asmussen-trained Preakness horse, will also be on the flight.

Orseno tries sweep

Trainer Joe Orseno is positioned to execute a rare double if Red Bullet can win the $1 million Preakness Saturday.

Only one modern-era trainer (Nick Zito in 1996) has saddled the winners of both the Pimlico Special and the Preakness in the same year.

Zito pulled it off with Star Standard and Louis Quatorze, who went wire to wire to beat Skip Away in the Preakness.

Orseno took the Special with Golden Missile. "So far, so good," he said.

In earlier days, 3-year-olds could race in both the Preakness in the spring and the Special in the fall. Four horses doubled up -- War Admiral (1937), Challedon (1939), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948).

In 1944, trainer Ben Jones swept the races with two different horses, Pensive in the Preakness and Twilight Tear, the only filly ever to win the Special.

The only horse in the modern era to win both was Real Quiet, who won the 1999 Special in a furious battle with Free House after taking the 1998 Preakness.

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