Diabolical entered, increasing field to 7

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May 16, 2006|By SANDRA MCKEE | SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER

And then there were seven - and counting.

The entry of Diabolical into the 131st Preakness expanded the field to seven yesterday. And trainers for Greeley's Legacy and Platinum Couple said they could decide to enter the race, too.

"We're going to go ahead and enter him," said Diabolical's trainer, Steve Klesaris, who owns the 3-year-old in partnership with Puglisi Stables. "Diabolical is a talented colt. I don't believe anyone has seen the best of Diabolical yet."

Diabolical, who will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, has proved his worth against this year's top colts. He finished a distant second to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the turf in the Laurel Futurity and was third behind second-place Derby finisher Bluegrass Cat in the Grade III Nashua at Belmont Park last fall.

"Barbaro is a tremendous horse," Klesaris said. "But I think some of the other colts might be vulnerable."

`Legacy' is possible

Trainer George Weaver is considering Greeley's Legacy, sired by Mr. Greeley, in the Preakness, according to the Daily Racing Form.

Weaver, however, also told the Form that he is leaning toward running the colt in the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

Greeley's Legacy finished fourth to Showing Up in the Grade II Lexington Stakes in his most recent start.

Platinum Couple is another possible entry. Glen Lostritto of Team Tristar Stable told Pimlico Race Course stakes coordinator Wendy Pensivy the horse is being considered.

A New York-bred son of Tale of the Cat, Platinum Couple finished fifth by 10 lengths in his most recent start, the Grade I Wood Memorial won by Bob and John.

Maryland trainer King Leatherbury said he is still watching the machinations of the Preakness field. He has until tomorrow to decide whether to enter Tesio Stakes winner Ah Day.

Et cetera

Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, will be at Pimlico this week, running in Friday's Grade I Pimlico Special or Saturday's Grade III William Donald Schaefer Handicap. Funny Cide broke an eight-race losing streak April 30 at Aqueduct with a victory in the Kings Point Handicap. ... Trainer Richard Violette said that the Preakness is "too ambitious" for his colt, High Finance.

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