BALTIMORE - Trainer Todd Pletcher most likely will have two chances to win Saturday's $1 million Preakness and end an 0-for-26 streak in Triple Crown races.
Pimlico officials said yesterday that Circular Quay, who finished sixth behind Street Sense in the Kentucky Derby, is set to join Pletcher's King of the Roxy in what would be a field of nine 3-year-olds.
Final entries for the 1 3-16-mile Preakness will be taken today.
Michael and Doreen Tabor, who own Circular Quay, and bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne have made arrangements to attend the Preakness, Pimlico officials said.
Circular Quay, expected to be ridden by John Velazquez, would be the fourth Derby horse in the field, joining Street Sense, runner-up Hard Spun and third-place finisher Curlin.
The rest of the field includes C P West, Flying First Class, Mint Slewlep and Xchanger.
After winning the Louisiana Derby, Circular Quay came into the Kentucky Derby off an 8-week layoff. The colt was well back early in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, was bumped slightly by Stormello leaving the five-sixteenths pole and improved from 13th to sixth in the final quarter-mile.
Pletcher did not return a phone call but said on the Daily Racing Form's Web site, "The horse has trained very well in between. The race sets up well on paper for a closer."
Street Sense, who put in his final workout yesterday at Churchill Downs before heading to Pimlico, beat Circular Quay by 10 lengths in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Street Sense, with jockey Calvin Borel aboard, breezed five furlongs in 1:00. "The horse worked perfect," said trainer Carl Nafzger. "It was a little faster than we wanted, but he was very comfortable and did it well. He did it without any effort. He wasn't trying to work; that's his gait." *