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Sunday Break to Pass on Preakness

May 13, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Sunday Break, who missed the Kentucky Derby because he didn’t earn enough money to make the field, will skip Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes.

The 3-year-old colt finished third in the Wood Memorial in his last race and next will run in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 25, then the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

``We’re going in the Peter Pan and Belmont,″ trainer Neil Drysdale told The Daily Racing Form on Sunday.

Sunday Break, owned by Koji Maeda of Japan, worked seven furlongs in 1 minute, 28.02 seconds at Belmont on Saturday.

His withdrawal reduces the Preakness field to 12, including Derby winner War Emblem, runner-up Proud Citizen, fourth-place finisher Medaglia d’Oro and seventh-place finisher Harlan’s Holiday.

Fresh challengers will be Booklet, Crimson Hero, Easyfromthegitgo, Equality, Magic Weisner, Menacing Dennis, Straight Gin and U S S Tinosa.

The Preakness field is limited to 14 starters.

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