D. Wayne Lukas continues working for that 14th Triple Crown victory, the one that would give him more than any trainer in the history of the sport. He shares the record with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons.
Having already announced that Derby starters Oxbow (sixth) and Will Take Charge (eighth) will run in the 138th Preakness on May 18, Lukas on Tuesday added Titletown Five to the mix.
Titletown Five is owned by Paul Hornung, the pro football hall of fame halfback who grew up in Louisville and sold programs at Churchill Downs as a kid. Another former Green Bay Packer, defensive end Willie Davis, is a co-owner.
The colt's name derives from Green Bay's nickname and Hornung's jersey number, which matches the number of trips the Packers have made to the Super Bowl.
Lukas tried to get Titletown Five into the Kentucky Derby by running him in the final event of the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, but the colt finished fourth in the Derby Trial on April 27.
Titletown Five was ninth at the Louisiana Derby, which produced four Kentucky Derby starters. Another, third-place finisher Departing, skipped the Derby to prepare for Preakness and is considered the strongest new shooter.
Lukas raced three at Preakness in 1996, and had two each in 2010 and '09.
His Preakness win with Codex in 1980 was the first of 13 Triple Crown wins and helped launch Lukas' lucrative career: he's No. 1 all-time in earnings with more than $262 million. But Lukas has not won Pimlico's most important race since 1999, with Charismatic. He hasn't won a Triple Crown race since the Belmont in 2000.
He expressed optimism about his colts going into the Derby, and was happy with their run there.