Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Empire Maker will run Preakness

Beaten Derby favorite again to challenge Funny Cide

May 7, 2003


Empire Maker is a go for the Preakness.

The beaten Kentucky Derby favorite and stablemate Peace Rules are expected to arrive at Pimlico next week and challenge Derby winner Funny Cide in the Preakness May 17.

"Our racing officials were told that both of them were coming next Wednesday," Mike Gathagan, Pimlico's director of communications, said Tuesday, referring to the Bobby Frankel-trained colts.

Just after the Derby, Frankel said Peace Rules would run in the Preakness, but he was noncommittal about Empire Maker.

With Frankel's powerful pair in what looks like an eight-horse field, Funny Cide's task becomes even tougher.

Empire Maker beat Funny Cide by a half-length in the Wood Memorial April 12, but the gelding evened the score with a 13¼4-length Derby win at odds of 12-1. Peace Rules was third; he has a win over Funny Cide in the Louisiana Derby on March 9.

Besides the top three Derby finishers, the 13¼16th-mile Preakness will include three other Derby starters -- Eye of the Tiger (fifth), Scrimshaw (11th) and Indian Express (14th).

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