Two horses whose connections had indicated to Pimlico officials they would run in the Preakness are now saying something else, but a Kentucky Derby runner has moved from a possible to a definite.
Teuflesberg, who faded to 17th in the Derby on Saturday after challenging for the lead, is headed to Pimlico, trainer and co-owner Jamie Sanders said yesterday.
"We think Pimlico is more suitable to his style," Sanders said.
Lexington Stakes winner Slew's Tizzy has been dropped from consideration, according to trainer Greg Fox, instead opting for the Lone Star Derby.
"I've gone over everything with the owner and we've decided that the Texas route is the better way to go," said Fox, a former Maryland-based veterinarian. "It's just probably a better spot for this horse. We'll miss the Preakness this year, but maybe next year."
A decision on Chelokee, who is based at Fair Hill and was the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby, will now be made by the end of the week, trainer Michael Matz said.
"He went really well," Matz said of a Monday workout. " ... We are still undecided on the Preakness, and maybe we'll go in the Barbaro [Stakes]."
Matz trained the late Barbaro, last year's Kentucky Derby winner, who suffered fractures above and below his right hind ankle in last year's Preakness.
On Dec. 20, the Maryland Jockey Club changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes to the Barbaro Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of eight added-money races on the Preakness undercard.
Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas still is deciding between running Flying First Class or Starbase in the Preakness, but said yesterday he was leaning toward Flying First Class.