Preakness field grows to 9 with 2 more additions
BALTIMORE (AP) — Recapturetheglory, fifth in the Kentucky Derby behind winner Big Brown, will run in the May 17 Preakness, likely making the colt the only one from the Derby that will challenge Big Brown.
"We're there to win," co-owner Ronnie Lamarque said today from New Orleans. "Big Brown is a bear but we're not going to run in it to run second. I'll look at all the other entrants. They don't scare me at all and I believe our horse definitely belongs and we feel like the Preakness is our kind of race."
Recapturethelglory jogged a mile and then galloped a mile today at Churchill Downs, where Big Brown also is training before leaving for Baltimore next week.
Lamarque and Louie Roussel II, Recapturetheglory's co-owner and trainer, won the 1988 Preakness with Risen Star, who finished third in the Derby.
Recapturetheglory will leave Louisville on Friday and arrive at Pimlico on Saturday. The Illinois Derby winner will be ridden by E.T. Baird in the Preakness.
Also headed to the Preakness is Racecar Rhapsody, fourth in the Lexington Stakes for trainer Ken McPeek. He'll be ridden by Robby Albarado, who won last year's Preakness aboard Curlin.
"We kind of feel like we might be running for second money with Big Brown being as impressive as he's been but you never know," McPeek said.
The Preakness field now stands at nine. Others still considering the race are Harlem Rocker, Riley Tucker and Macho Again.