Contenders: Recapturetheglory to skip Pimlico
of the top contenders for the 2008 Preakness Stakes,
Recapturetheglory, was pulled out of the race. Recapturetheglory,
who finished fifth at the Kentucky Derby, was declared out of
the Preakness Stakes after showing a fever Friday night. "We
took his temperature last night [Friday. He just wasn't acting
right. He was backing up against the gate in the stall and he
never does that. This morning his temperature was over 102,"
assistant trainer Lara Van Deren said Saturday morning.
This statement was followed by one
issued by co-owner and trainer Louie Roussel, officially
declaring Recapturetheglory out of the Preakness Stakes list of
contenders: "The racehorse comes first. He had a slight
temperature plus a slight pulse in his right front toe. For
betterment of racing we are electing to give this horse some
time and let him regroup. We are sorry we will not be coming to
Baltimore but I know it is going to be a great race. We are
really going to miss the Preakness experience. We felt we had a
live chance to turn the tables on Big Brown." The absence of
Recapturetheglory from the Preakness Stakes means that for the
first time in 60 years no other horses from the Kentucky Derby
will challenge the winner Big Brown at Pimlico.
At the online sportsbook
BodogSports Big Brown is still
the ultimate favorite to win the 2008 Preakness Stakes, listed
with the short odds 3/10, while his closest contender by odds is
Behindatthebar, holding 12/1 to win the Preakness.