A.P. Indy on the mend, now thinking Preakness Bruised foot responding; plan is to trot him today


A.P. Indy, scratched from Saturday's Kentucky Derby nine hours before post time because of a bruised left front foot, may run in the Preakness on May 16.

"We are not ruling it out at the present time," Neil Drysdale, the horse's trainer, said yesterday.

Drysdale seemed to be in an optimistic mood yesterday when he talked about A.P. Indy from Churchill Downs.

"The horse is responding really well," he said. "We put bar shoes on both of his front feet and he walked around the shed row yesterday with tack and a rider on. We are going to take him out and trot him [today.] Then we'll know more."

Drysdale said Saturday that he did not know when A.P. Indy suffered the injury that kept him out of the Derby, but that the horse's foot did not respond to treatment after the injury was discovered Friday morning.

"There had been discoloration in the bulb [of his heel]," Drysdale said. "But we've been poulticing it and the discoloration has left. It's a little like thumping your thumb on a nail. You soak it and stop the swelling. Sometimes you get an abscess, sometimes you don't."

Drysdale's comments came just about the time a plane carrying seven horses from Churchill Downs touched down at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Included in the shipment were Florida Derby winner Technology and Conte di Savoya. Those horses finished 10th and fourth, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby.

Both will try again in the Preakness. They are the first out-of-town Preakness starters to be bedded down at Pimlico Race Course.

Lil E. Tee, the Derby winner, is expected at Pimlico a week from today.

The plane also contained runners for some of Pimlico's other upcoming races. Included in the shipment were Spinning Round and Miss Legality, a pair of 3-year-old fillies expected to start in the May 15 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes; Cudas and Frais, two Allen Paulson-owned grass horses that will run in the Early Times Dixie Handicap, also on May 15; and Potentiality, a starter in the Budweiser Breeders' Cup on Preakness Day.

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