Again, the medication Lasix might have an impact on the Preakness.
It was almost 10 years ago that the owners of Desert Wine were forced to get a court injunction in order to run their horse on Lasix in the 1983 Preakness. Desert Wine subsequently finished second to Deputed Testamony.
Now, the Preakness could lose a potential starter, Alydeed, because he might be ineligible to race on Lasix.
The Alydeed incident surfaced yesterday in Illinois.
Roger Attfield, the horse's trainer, was set to the enter the Canadian colt in the race because he didn't think the horse would have enough earnings to draw into a full, 14-horse Preakness field.
But the entry was withdrawn from the Illinois race after the stewards at Sportsman's Park, the Chicago-area track where the Illinois Derby is run, received notification that the Derby Trial winner had bled for a second time.
Bill Hartack, Sportsman's senior steward, said he had seen confirmations that Alydeed had bled at Calder Race Course after the What A Pleasure Stakes on March 29 and at Woodbine Race Course on May 4.
Under Illinois rules, a horse cannot compete for 18 days after its first bleeding incident and 60 days after its second bleeding occurrence.
The Maryland rules are less stringent, but they could still prohibit Alydeed from running in the Preakness. In Maryland, a horse can't race until 10 days after its first bleeding incident or until 30 days after a second occurrence. Maryland stewards are expected to review the horse's bleeding records today.