Updated on 09/17/2011 9:24PM

Slop can't stop Greeley's Galaxy

Greeley's Galaxy, Mikki Fincher up, works five furlongs in 1:00.20 over Churchill's sloppy track on Saturday.

Being able to have a horse in the Kentucky Derby at the age of 83 was a great thrill for trainer Warren Stute, but at the end of the day, he was disappointed. Disappointed that his colt, Greeley's Galaxy, did not perform well, and disappointed that, in Stute's mind, he had let down so many people.

"The people in Kentucky were so nice to me," Stute said. "It might have been on account of my age, but everyone in the media was terrific. I think they were halfway rooting for me. When he ran bad, I felt bad."

Stute, and Greeley's Galaxy, will get another chance on the Triple Crown trail. Greeley's Galaxy, who finished 11th in the Derby, is heading to next Saturday's 130th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and on Saturday at Churchill Downs, he tuned up for the race with a five-furlong work in 1:00.20.

Not sure about sleet or snow, but rain could not keep Greeley's Galaxy from his appointed rounds. He worked on a sloppy track, and recorded the fastest time of six at the distance.

Stute has been back home in California since the Derby. Al Stall Jr., who is based at Churchill Downs and has horses for owner B. Wayne Hughes, has been the on-site monitor for Greeley's Galaxy in Stute's absence.

"They told me he worked very well," Stute said. "The track was a little wet."

Stute said he was "very disappointed" with how Greeley's Galaxy ran in the Derby. Kent Desormeaux rode him that day, but because of a prior commitment in Japan next weekend, David Flores will have the mount in the Preakness.

"I thought he'd be laying third or fourth, but he was 15th or 16th the first part of the race," Stute said. "Kent said he didn't break, and then he got in some traffic right out of the gate. It wasn't really his race."

Greeley's Galaxy will remain at Churchill Downs until Wednesday, when a pair of flights will bring a number of horses to Pimlico for stakes races there. Other Preakness runners scheduled to fly on Wednesday are the Derby winner, Giacomo, along with Going Wild, High Limit, Wilko, and whichever horses represent Nick Zito from the troika of High Fly, Noble Causeway, and Sun King. All of Zito's horses were scheduled to work at Churchill on Monday or Tuesday.

Two horses who did not run in the Derby but will join the Triple Crown chase in Baltimore also worked on Saturday. At Laurel, Malibu Moonshine went an easy three furlongs in 36.40 seconds for trainer King Leatherbury. And at Calder, Hal's Image zipped five furlongs in 59.80 for trainer Barry Rose.

Steve Hamilton, who will ride Malibu Moonshine in the Preakness, was aboard for the work. Leatherbury, who rarely comes to the track in the mornings, went out for the breeze.

"It was beautiful," Leatherbury said. "He did it under restraint. He gets a lot out of his gallops, so that's all he needs. He's run more than a lot of horses in the race, so he didn't need any more than this."

Malibu Moonshine has won six times in 10 starts, and is 2 for 4 at Pimlico, where he won last month's Tesio Stakes. Does Leatherbury think he has the home-field advantage?

"They say that's worth three points in football if you're in your home stadium, but I don't know what it means for this," Leatherbury said. "We do have a race over the track, if that means anything, and we do have four weeks' rest coming into the Preakness, as opposed to two weeks' rest for the horses coming out of the Derby."

Hal's Image recorded the fastest time of 20 at the distance at Calder. Carlos Olivero was aboard for the drill, but Jose Santos has the mount in the Preakness.

"If I could have gotten him into the Derby, I would have considered it, but he didn't have any graded stakes earnings," Rose said. "We thought he was a horse who could run in the Triple Crown races, so hopefully he can do what we think he can do."

Hal's Image was scheduled to travel by van from Calder to Pimlico, beginning Tuesday morning. Rose said the journey would take about 20 hours.