05/07/2007 11:00PM

Lukas works two Preakness possibles

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Flying First Class will be aiming high, trying the Preakness 1 3/16 miles.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Last Saturday, trainer D. Wayne Lukas missed out on running a horse in the Kentucky Derby for just the fourth time since 1981. But when the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 19 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Lukas plans to be represented by at least one starter, if not two.

Lukas, a five-time winner of the Preakness, will be represented by either or both of two horses coming off sharp races: Flying First Class, the winner of the April 28 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, and Starbase, runner-up in the April 21 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

"I'm considering them both as possibilities," Lukas said Tuesday at Churchill. "One might end up going in the Barbaro," another stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness undercard, "or I might just run them both in the Preakness. We'll see."

While several Churchill-based horses being mentioned as probable starters for the 132nd Preakness - most notably Street Sense, the Derby winner, and Curlin, the third-place finisher - remained in their respective barns Tuesday morning, Lukas had both of his Preakness prospects out for serious work well before dawn. Flying First Class reeled off a five-furlong drill in 58.60 seconds, the fastest of 36 timed works at the distance, while Starbase went the same distance in 1:01.60. Lukas called the work by Flying First Class "awesome."

Lukas will ship at least three horses from Churchill to Pimlico. Fiery Pursuit, winner of the Louisville Breeders' Cup on Friday at nearly 12-1, will run in the Allaire du Pont Breeders' Cup on the Preakness undercard.

A four-time Derby winner, Lukas set a record by running at least one Derby starter for 20 consecutive years, from 1981 to 2000, but he has missed four years since then: 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007.

In other Preakness developments:

* Another Preakness prospect who did not race in the Derby, Chelokee, also had a five-furlong workout Tuesday when breezing in 1:02 at the Fair Hill training center in northeastern Maryland.

* Street Sense, who had an easy jog the morning after his Derby triumph, had another easy morning in Barn 26 on Tuesday. Both he and Curlin were scheduled to return to light training Wednesday.

* The charter flight that will carry the Louisville contingent will leave Wednesday, "most likely early in the morning," said Buddy Fife, a booking agent for Tex Sutton.

* As of Tuesday, as many as 11 3-year-olds were under consideration for the Preakness.