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Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold, Informed Patriot, Uncle Heavy Possible
Tuscan Gold (Lauren King / Coglianese Photos)

Preakness Stakes News | Tuscan Gold, Informed Patriot, Uncle Heavy Possible

Chad Brown ruled out the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) for Sierra Leone, who rallied to finish second by a nose in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1). However, he said the 1 3/16-mile classic could be an option for Tuscan Gold, the third-place finisher in the Louisiana Derby (G2) in his third career start off of a maiden race.

“I’m going to take a look at (Sierra Leone) training up until the Peter Pan,” Brown said of Saturday’s $200,000, 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan (G3) at the Belmont at the Big A meet. “See how the race comes up, see where he draws, because it’s likely to be a big field, I’m hearing. Keep an eye on that Preakness, and sort of go from there.”

Brown has won the Preakness twice, in his 2017 debut with Cloud Computing and in 2022 with Early Voting. Neither horse raced in the Kentucky Derby. He nearly won a third last year, with Blazing Sevens coming a head shy of wearing down triumphant National Treasure.

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Trainer Steve Asmussen said via text that he is considering the Preakness with Informed Patriot, who earned a fees-paid spot in the Preakness by winning Oaklawn Park’s April 20 Bathhouse Row Stakes.

Informed Patriot finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in which Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan was third. The winner that day was likely Preakness favorite Muth, trained by Bob Baffert.

Asmussen won the Preakness in 2007 with Horse of the Year Curlin and in 2009 with Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Robert Reid Jr.-trained Uncle Heavy is under consideration for the Preakness. Owned by Michael Milam and LC Racing LLC, the son of Social Inclusion captured the Withers (G3) before finishing fifth in the April 6 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct.

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