05/08/2007 11:00PM

Sedgefield needs more recovery time


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sedgefield is out and Mint Slewlep is in as the field for the 132nd Preakness at Pimlico continues to take shape.

Sedgefield, who was under tentative consideration for the 132nd Preakness after finishing a creditable fifth as the longest shot in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, will not ship to Pimlico in Baltimore for the May 19 race, trainer Darrin Miller said Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Sedgefield is not scheduled to return to training at Churchill until probably Friday, said Miller.

"The Derby really woke him up," Miller said. "He was pretty jazzed out of the race. He was just a little bit muscle-sore. With the race being first-time dirt, he really exerted himself. He's great, though. I just wanted to give him the extra time, and obviously coming back in two weeks for the Preakness wouldn't fit that."

Miller said Sedgefield probably will be pointed to the Ohio Derby, followed perhaps by one or both of the rich grass races at Colonial Downs. The Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby will be run June 2 at Thistledown, while Colonial hosts the $750,000 Colonial Cup on June 16 and the $1 million Virginia Derby on July 21.

In Maryland, trainer Robbie Bailes told Pimlico officials he intends to run Mint Slewlep in the Preakness. Mint Slewlep, based at the Bowie training center, most recently ran fourth in the April 28 Withers at Aqueduct. Owned by Marshall Dowell, Mint Slewlep has won 2 of 7 starts.

In all, at least 11 horses were under consideration for the Preakness as of Wednesday morning.

Five of those are scheduled to ship next Wednesday from Louisville: Street Sense, Curlin, Teuflesberg, Flying First Class, and Starbase. Besides Mint Slewlep, the other Preakness candidates are Hard Spun, Chelokee, King of the Roxy, C.P. West, and Xchanger.

Meanwhile, after getting the previous two mornings off, Derby winner Street Sense was out for a strong and swift gallop of about one mile Wednesday morning at Churchill. With Tracey Wilkes aboard for regular exercise rider Mark Cutler, who had the day off, Street Sense, as has been his habit, stopped frequently to look around during the long walk from Barn 26 to the five-furlong gap.

Once on the track, Wilkes quickly guided the colt toward the far turn, and in just a little more than five minutes the entire training routine was done. Trainer Carl Nafzger, teasing a reporter who questioned whether the colt had galloped inordinately fast, smiled and turned to his assistant, Ian Wilkes, saying: "You think he went too fast, Ian?"

Curlin, the third-place Derby finisher, also returned to training Wednesday when he jogged an easy mile.

Teuflesberg, 17th in the Derby, was confirmed as a definite Preakness starter Tuesday by trainer Jamie Sanders. The D. Wayne Lukas duo of Flying First Class and Starbase both walked the shed row Wednesday after working the previous morning.

In other Preakness news, John Velazquez, who has never ridden in the Preakness, will have the mount on King of the Roxy, trained by Todd Pletcher.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Jay Privman