BALTIMORE (AP) - Looks like Big Brown won't be the lone Kentucky
Derby horse in the Preakness after all.
Gayego, who finished 17th in the Derby on May 3, was added to
the Preakness field Tuesday. He will be the only one of the 19
horses beaten by Big Brown in the Derby to seek a rematch Saturday
at Pimlico Race Course.
Gayego won the Arkansas Derby in his first race on the dirt, yet
the colt encountered difficulty from the outset at Churchill Downs
in the Derby. Starting from the No. 19 post, he never recovered
from a slow start.
But he has been sharp in workouts since a disappointing finish.
"That's the reason we are thinking about (the Preakness),"
trainer Paulo Lobo said Monday. "He's very happy right now and he
came back very sound."
Before Gayego joined the fray, it appeared this would be the
first time in 60 years the Derby winner didn't face a single Derby
rival in the Preakness.
The addition of Gayego, who is based in Southern California,
expands to 13 the prospective field for the middle jewel of the
Confirmed starters prior to Wednesday's post position draw are
Big Brown, Behindatthebar, Gayego, Giant Moon, Hey Byrn, Icabad
Crane, Kentucky Bear, Macho Again, Racecar Rhapsody, Riley Tucker,
Stevil, Tres Borrachos and Yankee Bravo.
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