Preakness field gets more interesting with late entry Hansel Preakness notebook


Frank Brothers was so disappointed after Hansel finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby, he couldn't get out of Louisville fast enough.

He and the horse were gone by 6 a.m. the next day.

Now Hansel has resurfaced.

Brothers phoned Pimlico officials yesterday and said the colt whose broodmare sire is the good old Maryland stallion Dancing Count, is coming to the Preakness.

The colt worked three-eighths of a mile so sharp at Arlingto Park near Chicago yesterday that Brothers thought the horse deserved another shot in a Triple Crown race.

"He was very aggressive and he wanted to do it. This might hav been a better work than before the Derby and that was a good move," Brothers said.

Hansel worked five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 prior to th Derby. He went three furlongs yesterday in 35 seconds, JTC galloping out a half-mile in :47.

Hansel will again be ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The addition of Hansel brings the prospective Preakness field t eight. Subordinated Debt is considered another possibility. His trainer, David Monaci, is expected to make up his mind by entry time of 10 a.m. tomorrow.


Honor Grades followed the example of the other Preakness horses and turned in a lightning quick drill yesterday over a fast track.

It's almost as if each horse is trying to outdo the other in time speed trials before the race.

The half brother to last year's Preakness winner, Summer Squall was clocked five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds.

He was ridden in the work by Gregg McCarron, whose younge brother, Chris, has the Preakness mount.

"Gregg has never been on him, and he slapped him on th shoulder once leaving the pole and he thought his tail was on fire," trainer Rodney Rash said. "When you have a young horse that has been lackadaisical and lazy and one never interested in his works, and he starts picking up on his works . . . then it tells you he is on the improve."

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