The second-highest money-winner in the potential field, Pistols And Roses will not run in the 117th Preakness on Saturday.
Pistols And Roses is heading back to Florida after developing trouble in his left front ankle and will not train for a week to 10 days.
"We're having a little problem, a little filling [swelling]," trainer George Gianos said yesterday morning. "He's never had anything before, and that's why I came up here right away."
Gianos was at Calder Race Course in Miami and did not plan to come to Pimlico until today or tomorrow.
"It looks like maybe a little strain," the trainer said. "It's not serious at all, but I think he's got a bright future, and there's no sense jeopardizing anything. There will be other races."
After calling the owners at Williams Family Stables, Gianos declared the horse out of the Preakness. "It can happen any time. We're just thankful that it was very minor," he said.
Pistols And Roses was 16th in the Kentucky Derby and came to Maryland from Churchill Downs last Wednesday. He galloped a mile over the Pimlico track Friday, and the problem was discovered Saturday morning.
With $821,046 in earnings, he is behind only Derby winner Lil E. Tee, who has $1,177,106.
The development moves Alydeed closer to an assured spot in the 14-horse field. He ranks 15th in earnings with $120,252.
Alydeed's trainer, Roger Attfield, said of Pistols And Roses' fate: "I'm coming to gamble to get in anyway, but it's nice to sort of know that before we leave."
The winner of the Derby Trial April 25 and subject of a Lasix controversy thereafter, Alydeed boarded a van at Woodbine in Toronto yesterday and was en route to Pimlico.
The Canadian colt galloped 2 1/2 miles yesterday morning under Attfield's wife, Tracy. He is scheduled for a final work at Pimlico Wednesday morning.
With Craig Perret likely to ride Alydeed in the Preakness, the mount on Pine Bluff, the fifth-place Derby finisher, will go to Chris McCarron.
Trainer Tom Bohannon confirmed McCarron while noting that Pine Bluff will ship to Pimlico from Belmont Park on Wednesday.