$1M bonus backdrop as `Hope' takes spin

Reinstedler wants look before giving final word

`Griffinite' gets the nod

Preakness notebook

May 13, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Percy Hope, a Preakness hopeful stabled at Pimlico, will breeze this morning in a final attempt to persuade his trainer, Tony Reinstedler, to run him in the Preakness.

Reinstedler, who is based in Kentucky, has been leaning that way all week. But he said he wants to see how his colt moves over the surface at nearly full racing speed before committing to the race.

"I'm really happy with how he's doing," Reinstedler said. "I know I'm swinging for the fences a little bit. But the bottom line is this horse deserves a chance to run against these."

As the winner of the Lone Star Derby, Percy Hope could claim a $1 million bonus for his owners. Lone Star Park offered the prize to the winner of the Lone Star Derby if he also wins a Triple Crown race.

"You've got to consider it," Reinstedler said of the bonus. "But you can't let it be the only factor, the deciding factor. You've got to do what's right by your horse."

Around the track

Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen, trainer of the Preakness long shot Griffinite, said yesterday she thought she had figured out her colt's slow workout the day before. "Griffinite's mind was not on business," she said. "He's not a good work horse. He does only what he has to do. He thrives on competition." And so, she said, the Preakness is "a go." ...

Monarchos, the Kentucky Derby winner, galloped 1 1/2 miles at Pimlico. He pulled up bucking. His trainer, John Ward Jr., said he couldn't be happier with how Monarchos has settled in at Pimlico. ...

Trainer Bob Baffert plans on breezing his Preakness contenders, Congaree and Point Given, tomorrow or Tuesday at Churchill Downs, and then expects to put his colts on a plane Wednesday to Baltimore. ...

Like Percy Hope, Bay Eagle will breeze today as his final test for running in the Preakness. His trainer, H. Graham Motion, will monitor the workout at Delaware Park. ...

The horse who keeps on running, City Zip, won the $75,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes yesterday at Pimlico. This was the 16th start for the 3-year-old trained by Linda Rice at Belmont Park. City Zip wore blinkers for the first time and raced closer to the pace than expected. The six-furlong Hirsch Jacobs is part of the MATCH series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships).

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