Reports this morning out of the communications department at Pimilico Race Course say that Kentucky Derby longshot winner Mine That Bird will be going to Baltimore for the gr. 1 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
The Preakness will have a maximum of 14 starters, unlike the field of 19 that raced in this year's Derby. I expect a full gate in two weeks because I don't think Mine That Bird is going to scare a lot of folks away including Derby second and third-place finishers Pioneerof the Nile and Muskat Man respectively, who are now also in the Preakenss mix according to their trainers.
Other possible Preakness starters from the Derby as of this morning are Join in the Dance (seventh), and General Quarters (10th).
Four potential new shooters are Big Drama, winner of the 2008 gr. 3 Boyd Gaming Delta Jackpot; Mr. Fantasy, winner of the gr. 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct in New York; Take the Points, fourth in the gr. 1 Santa Anita Derby and Miner's Escape, winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico May 2.