05/11/2012 3:03PM

2012 Preakness: Dullahan, Trinniberg drop out, replaced by Teeth of the Dog, Zetterholm

Tom Keyser
Zetterholm, a winner of three straight against New York-breds, will be scratched from Saturday's Peter Pan to run in the Preakness.

ELMONT, N.Y. – While a large field remains likely, the lineup for the 137th Preakness Stakes underwent some alterations Friday as Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Dullahan as well as Derby pace factor Trinniberg were removed from consideration while newcomers Teeth of the Dog and Zetterholm were added to the mix.

Meanwhile, the connections of Derby ninth-place finisher Hansen are “leaning against running” in the Preakness, a development that could leave Bodemeister as the controlling speed in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness where he is expected to have a rematch with Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.

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Also expected to run in the Preakness from the Derby are Went the Day Well, Creative Cause, and Optimizer. New shooters include Hierro, Tiger Walk, Teeth of the Dog, Pretension, Brimstone Island, Cozzetti, Zetterholm, and Guyana Star Dweej.

Jerry Crawford, the owner of Dullahan, announced in a press release Friday morning that Dullahan, beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Derby, would skip the Preakness to point for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. This, despite the fact his trainer, Dale Romans, appeared to want to run the horse back.

“Dale Romans loves the way Dullahan came out of the Kentucky Derby and believes we could win the Preakness,” Crawford said. “But we believe we have a 3-year-old ‘Horse of the Year’ candidate and that his future is best served by not asking him to race for the third time in just five weeks in the Preakness.”

Dullahan won the Grade 1 Blue Grass on April 14 before finishing third in the Derby.

Romans has been at Belmont Park this week and was notified by Crawford’s decision via text message late Thursday night.

While Romans said he would have liked to have run Dullahan in the Preakness, he added “we’ll do what we can to get him ready for the Belmont.”

Owner Shivananda Parbhoo said Trinniberg, who prompted Bodemeister through sharp early fractions in the Derby before fading to 17th, said he would not run his horse back in the Preakness under any circumstances. Earlier in the week, Parbhoo said he would run Trinniberg in the Preakness if Bodemeister didn’t run back.

Friday, Parbhoo said the Preakness is “too close back” and that he would point Trinniberg to the Woody Stephens, a seven-furlong race on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

Mike Maker, the trainer of Hansen – last year’s 2-year-old champion who finished ninth in the Derby – said he is leaning against running back in the Preakness, though no firm decision has been made.

These developments prompted the connections of Teeth of the Dog and Zetterholm to say they would scratch their horses out of Saturday’s Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park to run in the Preakness.

Michael Matz, the trainer of Wood Memorial third-place finisher Teeth of the Dog, said his horse would likely breeze at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland over the weekend. Joe Bravo will ride in the Preakness.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he planned to train Zetterholm – a winner of three straight New York-bred races – at Aqueduct on Saturday morning before shipping his colt to Pimlico later that day. Zetterholm could work at Pimlico on Sunday or Monday.

“Zetterholm is doing good,” said Dutrow, who won the Preakness in 2008 with Big Brown. “I thought his last race was his most impressive of all. The question is if he can match up with these kinds of horses. I’m happy to take a shot, I really am.”

Dutrow said Junior Alvarado would ride Zetterholm.

While Romans will not have Dullahan to run in the Preakness, he will start Cozzetti, the fourth-place finisher behind Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby. Jose Lezcano will ride Cozzetti.

“He hasn’t shown in his races what he’s shown me training yet. One of these days he’s going to wake up and run big,” Romans said. “His Arkansas Derby was a good race; with a little different scenario he probably should have been second. I just think he’s a good horse, sitting on a big race.”

Meanwhile, Kent Desormeaux, who had ridden Dullahan in the Derby, will now ride Tiger Walk in the Preakness, according to trainer Ignacio Correas IV. Desormeaux has won the Preakness twice, aboard Real Quiet (1998) and Big Brown (2008).

“I think Kent really fits the horse, maybe he can work some of his magic,” Correas said.

◗ Trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed that Corey Nakatani would replace Jon Court aboard Optimizer in the Preakness.

◗ Trainer Chris Grove said he was scheduled to meet with owner Irving Kidwell on Friday to discuss whether to run Pretension in the Preakness, but Kidwell was hospitalized on Friday with congestive heart disease. Grove said Pretension “is ready to go” if the decision is made to run. Pretension won the Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on May 5.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee and Jay Privman