05/16/2008 12:00AM

Pletcher forced to scratch 2 from stakes


BALTIMORE - Todd Pletcher had a day to forget Friday.

Early in the morning, Pletcher had to scratch Behindatthebar from Saturday's Preakness Stakes due to a bruised foot. A few hours later, Pletcher had to scratch A. P. Arrow from Friday's $250,000 Pimlico Special when the colt displayed signs of the intestinal disorder colic following a van ride down from New York.

Behindatthebar, winner of the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19, had galloped at Belmont Park early Friday morning, but Pletcher said he was not satisfied with the way the horse went. The foot bruise was subsequently detected in the left inside quarter of the hoof.

Pletcher said he hoped an abscess would pop out of the foot soon so that there would be a chance the colt could make the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Behindatthebar was listed as the 10-1 second choice on Daily Racing Form national handicapper Mike Watchmaker's Preakness line. He was held out of the Derby to await the Preakness because Pletcher did not want to run him back two weeks after his big effort in the Lexington.

A. P. Arrow was the 5-2 morning-line favorite on Pimlico handicapper Frank Carulli's morning line for the Special. He showed signs of colic after arriving at Pimlico shortly before 1 p.m. Pletcher, who was alerted of A. P. Arrow's problem as he and his wife, Tracy, were driving down from New York, decided to ship A. P. Arrow on Friday afternoon to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Clinic "just to be safe."

On Thursday, Pletcher scratched Passion out of Friday's Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes in order to run her in a turf race at Belmont later in the month.

Wanderin Boy also colics

Wanderin Boy also was scratched from the Pimlico Special after he suffered from colic on Thursday, trainer Nick Zito said.

Wanderin Boy had shipped to Pimlico on Wednesday and was feeling well, Zito said. But by Thursday morning, according to Zito, Wanderin Boy was so uncomfortable that a decision was made to send him by van to the New Bolton Clinic, where he was treated. New Bolton is the same facility where Barbaro was sent after he fractured his right hind leg in the 2006 Preakness Stakes.

"He's okay, thank God," Zito said. "He didn't need surgery or anything. He just worked himself up, I guess. He should get out of New Bolton in a couple of days."

Wanderin Boy, 7, finished third in the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2 in his first start of the year. He won the Alysheba last year and finished second to Lawyer Ron in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga.

Wanderin Boy, who was bred and is owned by Arthur Hancock III, has won 8 of 21 starts and is just shy of $1 million in earnings.

Disabled riders get $500,000

A Kentucky Derby promotion facilitated by NetJets Inc., the Jockeys' Guild, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association raised $500,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. A check was presented to representatives of the fund at a morning press conference held in the Pimlico press box.

The money came from a variety of sources led by NetJets, which donated $100,000 as a corporation. It also paid $12,500 to each of the 20 Derby riders for wearing the NetJets logo on their pants. Each rider donated $10,000 from that to the fund, according Terry Meyocks, managing director of the Jockeys' Guild.

Richard Santulli, chairman and CEO of NetJets, made a personal donation of $100,000 as did Bill Casner, owner of WinStar Farm and chairman of TOBA.

Jockeys John Velazquez and Edgar Prado presented the check to Jackie Fires, a jockey who was permanently disabled from the waist down in a spill at River Downs 31 years ago.

A similar charitable promotion was to be in place Saturday during the Preakness as jockeys will donate $7,500 of the $10,000 NetJets will give the riders for wearing the company's logo on their pants. Eleven of the 12 riders will be participating, the lone exception being Tyler Baze, who will be wearing a different company's logo on his pants. Baze was scheduled to ride Yankee Bravo in the Preakness.

The $82,500 raised will be split between the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, which supports equine research in health and safety, and the Jockey Club Foundation, which provides financial relief to members of the Thoroughbred industry in need.

"The work that went into creating this gift is a shining example of what we can do as an industry when we work together," said Alex Waldrop president and CEO of the NTRA.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman