Dr. David Zipf, head veterinarian at Pimlico Race Course, said yesterday that since Sea Hero is not a confirmed bleeder and has never been put on an official bleeders' list, he won't be able to run on the anti-bleeder medication in Maryland.
Sea Hero ran twice on Lasix in Kentucky, first in the Blue Grass Stakes, where he finished fourth, and then in the Derby, which he won.
"The story I got is that when the horse was in South Carolina during the winter, a vet saw a teeny spec of blood after the horse worked," Zipf said. "It was a private veterinarian and he told the trainer to go ahead and run the horse on Lasix in states where it was permitted."
However, the horse was not observed bleeding on the track afte race and was not examined endoscopically by a state veterinarian, which are prerequisites in Maryland for being officially classified as a bleeder.
In Kentucky, there is no official bleeders' list and any horse ca run on the medication.
Trainer Mack Miller, reached yesterday in New York, said he wa aware of the situation. "But I can't do anything about it," Miller said. "The reason we used Lasix in Kentucky is because when you are in Rome, you do as the Romans do."
Zipf said the same ruling applies to Cherokee Run, who als won't be permitted to run on Lasix.
The horse ran on the medication twice in Kentucky and won th Lafayette Stakes and Derby Trial.
Zipf said that El Bakan bled in the Kentucky Derby and will ru on Lasix for the first time in the Preakness.
Other Preakness starters using Lasix are Union City Rockamundo and Woods of Windsor, who is making his second
Blazing Jimmy Al
Koluctoo Jimmy Al, expected to be a factor in setting the pace in the Preakness, impressed railbirds yesterday with a quick workout, getting five furlongs in 59 2/5 seconds under jockey Gregg McCarron and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 1/5.
Trainer Bruce Levine said the horse needed the stiff workou because he has not run since he won the Cahill Road Stakes at Aqueduct on April 17.
"The horse is wired, and I knew he'd work good," Levine said "He knows something's up, but he hasn't quite figured it out yet."
Personal Hope breezed a half-mile in 47 3/5 seconds.
Wild Gale, third in the Kentucky Derby, went five furlongs in 1:0
New OTB parlor
Pimlico track operator Joe De Francis said the Maryland Jockey Club will submit an application to the state racing commission tomorrow to open an OTB parlor in Cecil County.
The parlor will be located at Poor Jimmy's Family Restaurant o Route 40 near Elkton and will be operated by Pimlico/Laurel management. If approved, the site will be Maryland's second OTB outlet. The first, which opened two weeks ago, is located at the Cracked Claw Restaurant near Frederick.
New Virginia track
De Francis also said that the Virginia Racing Commission ruled yesterday that applications to build a track in the Old Dominion must be submitted to the board by Oct. 1.
De Francis announced his plans to build a track nea Williamsburg last December and initiate a year-round Maryland-Virginia circuit.
Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder will be De Francis' guest at th Preakness.
PROSPECTIVE PREAKNESS FIELD
Horses expected for the 118th running of the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico. Post time 5:32 p.m. TV: ESPN 3:30-4:30 p.m.; chs. 13, 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
Horse .. .. .. .. .. .. Jockey .. .. .. .. Trainer
Sea Hero .. .. .. .. Jerry Bailey .. .. .. Mack Miller
Prairie Bayou .. .. .. Mike Smith .. .. .. Tom Bohannan
Personal Hope .. .. .. Gary Stevens .. .. ..Mark Hennig
Koluctoo Jimmy Al .. Chris McCarron .. .. ..Bruce Levine
Union City .. .. .. ..Pat Valenzuela.. .. ..D. Wayne Lukas
Cherokee Run .. .. .. .. Pat Day .. .. .. .. Frank Alexander
Woods Of Windsor .. .. .. Rick Wilson .. .. Ben Perkins, Jr.
Wild Gale .. .. .. .. .. Shane Sellers .. .. Mike Doyle
Rockamundo .. .. .. .. .. No rider .. .. .. ..Ben Glass
El Bakan .. .. .. .. .. ..Craig Perret .. .. ..Alfredo Callejas
Too Wild .. .. .. .. .. .. Robbie Davis .. .. .. Nick Zito