Baffert duo out of Preakness


Trainer Bob Baffert won’t run Bob and John or Point Determined in next weekend’s Preakness, keeping Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro from a rematch with two of his Derby rivals.

Bob and John, who was 17th in the Derby, was the only one under consideration for the second leg of the Triple Crown, Baffert said Saturday. Point Determined finished ninth in the Derby.

The two colts will be shipped from Kentucky’s Churchill Downs back to California to prepare for the Belmont on June 10 in New York, Baffert said.

The trainer was in Texas on Saturday, saddling Wanna Runner to a victory in the Lone Star Derby.

Horses confirmed for next Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico are Barbaro, Brother Derek (fourth in the Derby), Sweetnorthernsaint (seventh), Like Now, Bernardini and Hemingway’s Key.

Ah Day moved into the Preakness picture Saturday, although it would cost his ownership $100,000 to enter him because the colt wasn’t nominated to the Triple Crown races.

Ah Day has finished in the money in six starts this year, including a victory in the Tesio Stakes.

“We are leaving the door open but there are three powerhouses in the race that are better than my horse,” trainer King Leatherbury said. “The short field is making us consider the Preakness more strongly. We are handicapping the race to see if we can get a piece.”

Brother Derek returned to the track Saturday for the first time since the Derby, jogging one mile at Churchill Downs. He will ship to Pimlico on Tuesday, along with Hemingway’s Key, who is trained by Nick Zito.

Barbaro continued his Preakness preparations Saturday with a half-mile jog and then a 11/2-mile gallop at Fair Hill Training Center, about 60 miles from Pimlico.

“Everything went well,” trainer Michael Matz said. “I’m worried about the Preakness – the smaller field, obviously Brother Derek, Sweetnorthernsaint, and the horse that won the Withers (Bernardini). It’s tough to come back in two weeks.”

Sweetnorthernsaint galloped 11/2 miles at Laurel Park in Maryland, while Bernardini galloped 1 1/4 miles at New York’s Belmont Park, where Like Now is stabled.

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