06/02/2004 11:00PM

Pimlico: Water Cannon meets easier


Water Cannon, last of 10 in the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago, takes a steep drop in class to face Maryland-breds in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony at 1 1/16 miles.

Before running far behind Smarty Jones, Water Cannon had won five races in a row, including three stakes, since trainer Linda Albert added blinkers.

The most formidable threat to Water Cannon could be Andiamo, who improved nearly 20 points on the Beyer scale, to a 96, when he crushed allowance horses at Delaware in his first start around two turns.