Maryland-bred Concealed Identity uncertain for Preakness Stakes

May 15, 2011|By Ron Fritz, The Baltimore Sun

Concealed Identity, the only horse up for Preakness consideration that was bred and has raced exclusively in Maryland, walked the shedrow at Bowie Training Center this morning as his connections weighed the merits of entering the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"All options are open,” co-owner Linda Gaudet, wife of trainer Eddie Gaudet, told Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind this afternoon.

Eddie Gaudet said today that the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes on the Preakness undercard is very much an option for the 3-year-old son of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.

"I’m pointing for the other race,” said the veteran trainer, referring to the Murphy, a one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds.

Concealed Identity ranked 15th on the earnings list of Preakness candidates Sunday afternoon and would need a defection to make the field that is limited to 14. Eddie Gaudet had expressed concerns about running the Federico Tesio Stakes winner in a full field.

Other notes from Mike Gathagan, the Maryland Jockey's Club's vice president for communications:

Animal Kingdom: Since he is based at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, 60 miles northeast of Pimlico, the heavy rain overnight did not impact the Kentucky Derby winner's training schedule today. Rather than sending the colt out to exercise on the wet dirt track, Motion had the luxury of sending him to Fair Hill’s inner Tapeta track. Animal Kingdom galloped 1½ miles over the artificial surface that drains faster than dirt. With rain in the forecast for much of the week, Animal Kingdom may be going out on the Tapeta more often.

Nehro: Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby runner-up is scheduled to work Monday, weather permitting. Rain is in the forecast for Louisville for the next 24 hours, including a 60 percent chance of showers Monday morning. Nehro’s owner, Ahmad Zayat, told the New York Racing Association’s Press Office today that the decision on whether to run in the Preakness or wait for the Belmont Stakes will be made Monday. The Derby was Nehro’s third start in six weeks and followed seconds in the Louisiana Derby and the Arkansas Derby.

Dance City: The Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City, working in company with Gulfstream Park allowance winner Escort, turned in a “bullet” five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs this morning. The son of City Zip was clocked in 1:00 1/5 over a track labeled as “good” with exercise rider Fernando Espinoza up. Dance City spotted Escort a half-length at the outset of the work and finished five lengths in front while producing fractions of :11 4/5, :23 1/5, :34 4/5 and :46 3/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

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