Updated on 05/10/2013 9:36AM

Preakness Stakes: Titletown Five joins probables; Bellarmine withdrawn from consideration

Tom Keyser
Titletown Five is being pointed to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18.

As of Tuesday, the prospective Preakness field was holding steady at 12 3-year-olds following one addition and one subtraction.

Maryland Jockey Club officials reported early Tuesday that trainer D. Wayne Lukas will run Titletown Five in the Preakness, a fact later confirmed by David Miller, a co-owner of the colt. That gives Lukas a third Preakness runner, along with Oxbow and Will Take Charge.

Within minutes of the Titletown Five announcement, trainer Ken McPeek said via Twitter that he was withdrawing Bellarmine from consideration for the Preakness.

Titletown Five, owned by a group that includes football legend Paul Hornung, most recently was fourth in the April 27 Derby Trial at Churchill. The Tiznow colt breezed a half-mile Tuesday morning at Churchill in 47.60 seconds.

[2013 PREAKNESS STAKES: Latest news, video, and more]

Also, trainer Tom Amoss said Tuesday afternoon that after consultation with the owners of Mylute, there will be no firm decision about whether to run in the Preakness until after the gray colt trains Saturday morning at Churchill. Mylute, owned by GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm, finished fifth in the Derby, beaten just two heads for third by Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion.

In alphabetical order, these are the 12 known Preakness hopefuls: Departing, Goldencents, Govenor Charlie, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, Normandy Invasion, Orb, Oxbow, Street Spice, Titletown Five, Vyjack, and Will Take Charge.

Probable starters for the 2013 Preakness Stakes

Horse Trainer Jockey Last race/finish
Departing Al Stall Jr. Brian Hernandez Jr. Illinois Derby, 1st
Goldencents Doug O'Neill Kevin Krigger Kentucky Derby, 17th
Govenor Charlie Bob Baffert Martin Garcia Sunland Derby, 1st
Itsmyluckyday Eddie Plesa Jr. John Velazquez Kentucky Derby, 15th
Mylute Tom Amoss Rosie Napravnik Kentucky Derby, 5th
Normandy Invasion Chad Brown Javier Castellano Kentucky Derby, 4th
Orb Shug McGaughey Joel Rosario Kentucky Derby, 1st
Oxbow D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens Kentucky Derby, 6th
Street Spice Greg Geier Jeffrey Sanchez Illinois Derby, 5th
Titletown Five D. Wayne Lukas TBA Derby Trial, 4th
Vyjack Rudy Rodriguez Garrett Gomez Kentucky Derby, 18th
Will Take Charge D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court Kentucky Derby, 8th


Bill Ratliff More than 1 year ago
Its hardto belive how soon people forget. D. Wayne is one of the best ever been and ever will be. We all will get older that is if we are lucky. The younger fans just dont relize how great a trainer this guy is. I will say it now he will win one of these 3 races.
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Much Thanks to all the handicappers who submit comments, and to the writers for good, insightful articles. You sincerely helped this "novice" player in my prep for the Derby. I hope that the Preakness goes as well for me as the Derby did....CHA-CHING!!!
[removed] More than 1 year ago
This comment has been deleted
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Here I am wasting my time hoping Orb wins the Preakness when I can get a BMW for working for Google.
dsgsgfsgfgd More than 1 year ago
Somebody better alert Jon Court to steer clear of TF at the quarter pole.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Love Titletown Five... in the King's Bishop maybe, but not at 1 3/16.
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Julien Leparoux on Titletown Five. Mike Smith on Will Take Charge.
Lenny Flynn More than 1 year ago
Is that confirmed?
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
fuggedabodit More than 1 year ago
Some of you people are really clueless...I mean this is a horse race for crying out loud, it's what they do. What's a difference who runs? or would you people prefer that nobody challenges Orb, and he win in a walkover?? Another thing that people are complaining about, is that horses shouldn't be running another race in two weeks....have you people forgotten that most of the KD field ran on 5 to 7 weeks rest! why can't these animals run two races in 7 to 9 weeks? And if they go in the Belmont, that's 3 races in 3 months for some, that's not too much for these animals. Stop babying them!
[removed] More than 1 year ago
This comment has been deleted
Bob More than 1 year ago
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for any horse that show some talent in the hands of Lukas ( the kiss of death) for that poor beast. I wish he retire and stop ruining nice horses.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
This old man Lukas,,,,,is he in his right mind or what ?