Updated on 09/17/2011 9:21PM

Next stop - Baltimore

Jay Hovdey
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss share a laugh with Giacomo back at the barn after their stunning upset.

The chaotic result of the on Saturday has left the field for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the May 21 Preakness Stakes, in a state of flux, though four of the first six finishers from the Derby, including 50-1 upset winner Giacomo, are all headed to Pimlico.

Giacomo, runner-up Closing Argument, and third-place finisher Afleet Alex all are definite for the Preakness, as is sixth-place finisher Wilko. Also definite for the race are three horses who bypassed the Derby - Hal's Image, who won the Unbridled Stakes at Calder; Malibu Moonshine, who won the Tesio Stakes at Pimlico; and Scrappy T, the winner of the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct.

Beyond that, the field is uncertain. Trainer Nick Zito, who had five horses in the Derby, said Andromeda's Hero would await the June 10 Belmont Stakes, but said his other four Derby colts - Bellamy Road (who was seventh), High Fly (10th), Noble Causeway (14th), and Sun King (15th) - were all still possible for the Preakness. Zito said he would wait until the end of the week before deciding who would run, and said he would run at most two of those four.

B. Wayne Hughes, who owns Don't Get Mad (fourth) and Greeley's Galaxy (11th), wants at least one of his colts move on to the Preakness. Both Ron Ellis, who trains Don't Get Mad, and Warren Stute, who trains Greeley's Galaxy, said they were to discuss the situation with Hughes on Tuesday.

"There's a plane coming back to California on Wednesday, so we have to decide by then," Ellis said Monday. "He ran a hard race coming back in a week."

"He'd like to run in the Preakness. I'd like to bring him back home," Stute said.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he would probably have a Preakness runner, and mentioned either the maiden A.P. Arrow or Going Wild (18th in the Derby) as his possibilities. And trainer Bobby Frankel left open the possibility that High Limit would return in the Preakness after finishing last of 20 in the Derby. The Preakness field is limited to 14 starters.

All the Derby runners who are potentially headed to the Preakness are still at Churchill Downs, with the exception of Closing Argument, who traveled to Belmont Park. Afleet Alex is scheduled to travel to Pimlico on Wednesday. Zito's runners are not scheduled to leave until at least the weekend. John Shirreffs, the trainer of Giacomo, said he would not decide when to go to Pimlico until after he returns to Churchill Downs and observes Giacomo. Shirreffs flew back to California on Saturday night on the plane of owners Jerry and Ann Moss, and said he would go back to Kentucky on a red-eye Tuesday night. In his absence, Giacomo is being supervised by barn foreman Frank Leal.

"He'll jog and hack around the track on Wednesday, then I'll talk to the Mosses and see what the best arrangement is," Shirreffs said Monday from Hollywood Park, where he is based. "I want to leave him at Churchill Downs until he feels pretty good. I thought it was best to wait a few days, rather than put him right on a van."

Shirreffs never before had run a horse in the Derby. He had raced at Churchill Downs before, but never had even seen the Derby in person. "I'd only seen it on television," Shirreffs said. He said he has never been to Pimlico.

Giacomo, who got a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his Derby victory, seemed to come out of the race in fairly good order. On Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, he did not have a shoe on his left front foot while being bathed. On Monday, Shirreffs said Giacomo had lost that shoe both during a schooling session on Thursday at Churchill Downs, and then again sometime after the Derby on Saturday.

"When he was schooling in the paddock on Thursday afternoon, he sprung the shoe," Shirreffs said. "He's standing in the paddock, all composed like he always is, and all of a sudden I see the shoe halfway off. I had the paddock shoer pull the shoe off, and then we bandaged his foot before he walked on those pebbles back to the barn.

"Todd Boston, a blacksmith back there, put a new shoe on for the race. But sometime after the race, it sprung again. We put a bandage on it Saturday night. There's four nails on either side of the foot, so you worry about getting a crack, but it looks like we dodged a bullet."

Closing Argument came within a half-length of winning the Derby as the race's longest shot. "For an eighth of a mile, I had the thrill of a lifetime," said his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin. "Right after the race, I was happy he ran second, and then it was like, 'Damn, I almost won the Kentucky Derby."'

McLaughlin said he had not decided whether Closing Argument would go to Pimlico "six days out or the day before."

Tim Ritchey, the trainer of Afleet Alex, was eager for a rematch with a colt who is proving to be the most consistent and reliable of this crop of 3-year-olds.

"My horse ran his race. Those horses just ran exceptional races," Ritchey said Sunday morning. "He just got beat by two horses that were better than him on that given day, but there's always 13 days from today.

"You can't dwell on the past. If you do you go crazy in this game. There's always tomorrow. Fortunately he came out of the race well, and like I said we're looking forward to the Preakness. It's a little shorter race, it's in our backyard," said Ritchey, who is based at Delaware Park. "If he runs with the same courage, they'll have to outrun him like they do most times. We're going to play the spoiler role now. We didn't get the Derby. We're definitely going to try and win the Preakness. I think we have a heck of a shot."

Craig Dollase, the trainer of Wilko, said his colt bled in the race.

"We'll treat it accordingly and go from there," said Dollase, who has remained in Kentucky with Wilko. "He ran pretty courageously. We'll stay on the trail."

Dollase said Wilko would fly to Maryland on May 18.

Frankel at first thought High Limit would need at least a month off to recover from a cut on his right hind quarter, but later said, "I think he's going to be all right. I might run him in the Preakness."

"I thought it would take a few weeks to heal, but it's not as bad as I thought," Frankel said. "By the time he's ready to go back to the track, he'll be fine."

- additional reporting by David Grening and Mike Welsch