Lukas says look out for Funny CidePosted: Wednesday May 14, 2003 6:33 PM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- D. Wayne Lukas figures his two entrants in the Preakness have some catching up to do if they are going to challenge Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
Lukas will saddle Scrimshaw and Ten Cents a Shine in Saturday's race. While the Hall of Fame trainer didn't exactly say Funny Cide is the horse to beat, he conceded Wednesday that the Derby winner has a slight edge over the rest of the field.
"We have to move forward. He can maybe do just what he did, but we have to get better," Lukas said. "I'm counting on getting a little better, but I'm not positive of that, either."
Ten Cents a Shine was eighth in the Derby, Scrimshaw 11th.
Lukas knows he can't win the Preakness unless he finds a way to get the best of Funny Cide.
"He's run two good races in a row, has a good mental approach and came out of the Derby with good energy," said Lukas, who has no interest in second place.
"I'm not here to be a cheerleader for Funny Cide, the heck with that," he said. "But on the other hand, let's recognize facts. He's one of the horses we're going to have to deal with."
Second time aroundTen Cents a Shine owner Ken Ramsey expects better results than he got at Churchill Downs.
"We thought we'd come up and see if we can upset the Derby winner," he said Wednesday. "We think our horse is all primed and ready to go. Had he not been forced to run so wide on the turns at Churchill Downs, he might have finished much better."
Ramsey plans to silence critics of the horse if Ten Cents a Shine prevails in the Preakness.
"I guess if we win, I'll probably get out my Ten Cents a Shine rag and buff the egg off the faces of those people who thought we shouldn't be in the Derby," he said with a grin.
First to showMidway Road came in first at Pimlico Race Course -- in the order of arrival, anyway.
The Kentucky-bred horse is a long shot to win the Preakness, but if familiarity with the track means anything, he could have a slight edge.
Midway Road arrived Tuesday afternoon with Mineshaft, another Neil Howard-trained horse. Mineshaft is the 8-5 morning line choice in Friday's revival of the Grade I Pimlico Special.
Break the streakTrainer Bobby Frankel and jockey Edgar Prado hope to break their 0-for-Preakness history with Peace Rules.
Frankel is winless in two Preakness races, and Prado failed to ride any of his six horses to victory. But this year the duo has teamed to win three races, including the Blue Grass Stakes and the Louisiana Derby with Peace Rules.
"Prado is an excellent rider," said Frankel, the leading money
winner among trainers this year. "We've done well together."