Gayego to try again after Derby failure

Lobo says colt, 17th in Kentucky, ready to go here

Preakness

May 14, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

Gayego, who had not finished worse than second in his five starts before the Kentucky Derby, will try to redeem a 17th-place finish to Big Brown two weeks ago by running in Saturday's Preakness.

"He came back [from the Derby] very well," Gayego's trainer, Paulo Lobo, said. "He's been eating everything. He's feeling happy."

On top of that, Lobo said, the son of Gilded Time is a good shipper, which is fortunate because this morning the California horse was boarding his fifth major flight in five weeks, having traveled to and from the Arkansas Derby in April and to and from the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.

Lobo's decision to bring Gayego here means this will be the sixth time since 1918 that just two Derby starters will have been entered in the Preakness after running at Churchill Downs.

Only two days ago, it seemed likely that Derby winner Big Brown would be the first in 60 years to run in the Preakness without another Derby horse challenging him.

Gayego, however, is apparently ready to run.

He was troubled by traffic problems early in the Derby and was never competitive in the race. His jockey, Mike Smith, who will have the ride again here, didn't push the horse, allowing him to steady and come home at his own pace.

Because of that, Lobo said, Gayego is relatively fresh.

He is expected to arrive today on a flight from California with Yankee Bravo.

In other Preakness Weekend news, Laurel Park-based trainer Tim Salzman has decided to run Bsharpsonata in the Grade II, $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan. Bsharpsonata finished fifth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago.

She is the morning-line favorite at 9-5 in the Black-Eyed Susan. It has been 14 years since a local horse won the Black-Eyed Susan. Calipha, trained by the late Bud Delp, did it in 1994.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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