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Romans still recovering after accident, will saddle Cherry Wine in Preakness

The list of newcomers for the Preakness is long in a field of 11. It includes Cherry Wine, who was on the also-eligible list for the Kentucky Derby.
The list of newcomers for the Preakness is long in a field of 11. It includes Cherry Wine, who was on the also-eligible list for the Kentucky Derby. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

Trainer Dale Romans isn't back to 100 percent ahead of this year's Preakness, but he continues to improve after a serious car accident on May 7, following the Kentucky Derby.

Romans suffered several broken ribs in the accident, but he was able to walk days later and is still recovering. He came to Pimlico Race Course early Wednesday and was there for the draw later.

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"Feeling OK," Romans said. "Still pretty beat up, but feeling a little bit better."

Romans has saddled four horses in the Preakness, but none since 2012, when he finished seventh with Cozzetti. His lone victory came in 2011 with Shackleford.

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His horse this year, Cherry Wine, faces 20-1 odds in Saturday's Preakness. He hasn't raced since April 9, when he finished third at the Blue Grass Stakes. Cherry Wine arrived at Pimlico Wednesday afternoon, and Romans said that when he arrived to check in on the horse, he was pleased with his condition.

But he also knows the tough test Cherry Wine faces in Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who will start two slots outside of Cherry Wine in the No. 3 position. Romans believes that if Nyquist runs his best race, he will almost certainly win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

"Nyquist is proven," Romans said before the draw Wednesday. "He's dominated so many (horses). Let's have some new shooters take a shot at him. The only way he's going to lose in my opinion is (if) he just has a bad day or if the two-week turnaround hurts him. He's got to regress throughout the week."



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