I'll Have Another's path to the Triple Crown will be crowded.

His competition at the Preakness, the second leg, could include the five horses who followed him across the line at the Kentucky Derby. That hasn't happened since 1958. In fact, the last time even the top five Derby finishers all raced in Baltimore was 1992.


Bodemeister, the pacesetter and runner-up last Saturday, remains undecided. Trainer Bob Baffert — a five-time winner of the Preakness — is in California and does not plan to visit Bodemeister or Derby sixth-place finisher Liason until the weekend. He previously said he'd make his decision by Monday of next week after evaluating the colts in person.

Bodemeister returned to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since leading the Derby until being caught by I'll Have Another with about 100 yards to go. He jogged a mile, as did Liason, the 50-1 shot who finished sixth.

It is still unclear whether Dale Romans, trainer of last year's Preakness winner Shackleford, will saddle Dullahan on May 19. The Derby third-place finisher originally seemed doubtful, with owner Jerry Crawford suggesting the Belmont would be a better fit. But Dullahan returned to the track at Romans' home track, Churchill Downs, on Wednesday and could end up shipping east if he continues to respond well.

Fourth place finisher Went the Day Well is back at his Fair Hill barn.

"He walked and was turned out in the round pen and went out for a job," said trainer Graham Motion, who plans to take the colt back to the track later this week in anticipation of preparing him for the Preakness. Animal Kingdom, who Motion guided to a win in last year's Derby, finished a close second at Pimlico last year.

Derby fifth-place finisher Creative Cause is back at his California base, but the Mike Harrington-trained colt is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Monday.

Preakness will almost certainly have a full field of 14, and there will even be, for the first time, a two-horse also-eligible list.

Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk continues to be pointed at the Preakness, and would give owner Kevin Plank — the Under Armour founder and CEO – a starter in the state's most important race just five years after he entered the horse racing game with the goal of restoring Maryland's prominence in the sport.

"We've always been hoping that [the Preakness] was going to be his biggest effort," trainer Ignacio Correas said. "With everything that he's doing, it looks that way. He's going in the right direction."

More than 500 horses have been nominated to Preaknss and the 15 other stakes races (six graded) planned for next week. The draw for those races will be held Wednesday.


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