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Unbridled’s Song Trains in Regular Shoes

May 12, 1996

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Unbridled’s Song trained in regular shoes Sunday for the first time since April, increasing the chances that he will be in the field for Saturday’s 121st running of the Preakness.

``He went fine this morning for the first time in regular shoes,″ trainer Jim Ryerson said from the horse’s home base in Monmouth Park. ``He’s galloped here each day, except Saturday. He’ll tell us if he can run in the Preakness.″

The status of the Kentucky Derby favorite, who ran at Churchill Downs in bar shoes, has been questionable since his fifth place finish. His connections have said he will not run the Preakness in bar shoes.

While things are looking positive for Unbridled’s Song, the same cannot be said for Romano Gucci. The colt owned by Marylander Herbert Kushner, was scratched from Saturday’s Withers Stakes at Belmont due to a slight fever.

``He’s not going to be able to make the Preakness,″ trainer Dick Dutrow said from Belmont.

Conversations with trainers in New York also eliminated Allied Forces from consideration. The colt’s owner, Dubai businessman Ahmed Tayer, told trainer Kiaran McLaughlin that he wanted to keep Allied Forces on the turf, where he won the Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico on May 4. He’ll try the Jersey Derby next.

Mixed Count remains on track for the Preakness. He is the only Maryland-based horse currently expected to enter.

There had been a report that he would opt for the Sir Barton Stakes here on Saturday, but it came as a surprise to trainer Ron Benshoff, who said owner Leonard Pearlstein wants to run in the Preakness.

Louis Quatorze is the only horse at Pimlico for the Preakness, and no more are expected before Wednesday.

Angel Cordero pushed back his arrival a day, after bad weather at Belmont on Sunday caused him to postpone a scheduled workout for Feather Box.

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