Too Wild may join Preakness field Owner/trainer combo also would have runner in Special


A new horse might be joining the Preakness lineup.

Trainer Nick Zito said yesterday that he is considering running Too Wild in Saturday's race.

The 3-year-old son of Wild Again accompanied Zito-trained Strike the Gold to Pimlico from Belmont Park, but was originally expected to run in the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness card.

However, Zito said it's possible that he'll try the Preakness.

"He's an improving colt and ran a strong race last time when he was second in the Cahill Road Stakes [to Koluctoo Jimmy Al]," Zito said. "He worked well this morning [Saturday] and is owned by the same people [William Condren and Joseph Cornacchia] that own Strike the Gold. I'm going to talk it over with them and probably have a decision by Wednesday."

Daily Racing Form clockers caught Too Wild going five-eighths in 1 minute, 2 seconds. Zito added that the colt galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5.

If Too Wild starts in the Preakness, Zito and the horse's owners will be the only owner/trainer combination to have a horse in both the Preakness and the Pimlico Special. Strike the Gold is trying for a repeat in the Pimlico Special.

In other Preakness developments:

* Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero is expected to arrive at Pimlico today at 11 a.m. Personal Hope, Wild Gale and Union City are also expected to ship in.

* If Rockamundo runs in the Preakness, he will need a new jockey. His regular rider, Calvin Borel, cracked a kneecap at Louisiana Downs on Friday and is out for four to six weeks. Rockamundo is recovering from an operation to correct a breathing problem.

* Owner-trainer Mary Eppler said that she will not run her horse, P.J. Higgins, in the Preakness.

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