Lawyer Ron is unlikely to run in Preakness

Bluegrass Cat, Jazil also lost for race

May 10, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE | SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER

Lawyer Ron, the highly regarded 3-year-old who ran 12th in the Kentucky Derby, likely will not be coming to the Preakness, trainer Bob Holthus said yesterday.

"We're probably going to have to give him a little time off," Holthus said. "We looked at the X-rays and saw some inflammation in the right hind ankle. Unless something good happens before Saturday, it doesn't look favorable."

The Preakness also lost Bluegrass Cat, who finished second at the Derby and had been a "maybe," and Jazil, who finished in a tie for fourth.

Todd Pletcher, who trains Bluegrass Cat, and Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains Jazil, said running their horses two weeks later would be too soon.

"I can't see the point," Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form.

At Laurel Park, trainer Michael Trombetta took Sweetnorthernsaint, the Derby betting favorite who finished seventh, for a walk, and said there is no change in his plans. If Sweetnorthernsaint remains healthy, he'll be at Pimlico to take on Derby winner Barbaro in the May 20 Preakness.

"I think Barbaro's dominating victory is a contributing factor," he said when asked if Barbaro's 6 1/2 -length win has influenced the decision by trainers not to run their horses in the Preakness. "I think if six horses a length and a half apart had come across the finish line, they'd all be here. But no one was that close.

"But I'm hoping with a smaller field, everyone who does run will get a little fairer opportunity."

In California, trainer Bob Baffert said yesterday that Maryland-bred Point Determined, who finished ninth in the Derby, and Bob and John, who was 17th, are possible for the Preakness. He said he would decide Monday after breezing both horses at Churchill Downs.

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