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11 horses in Preakness draw; Guyana Star Dweej out

BALTIMORE -- Entries for Saturday's 137th Preakness Stakes closed shortly after noon on Wednesday, and post positions will be drawn for 11 3-year-olds at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the 1 3/16-mile middle race of the Triple Crown. It's the smallest Preakness field since 2007, when nine ran.

There will be six horses who raced May 5 in the Kentucky Derby - winner I'll Have Another, runner-up Bodemeister, Went the Day Well (fourth), Creative Cause (fifth), Daddy Nose Best (10th) and Optimizer (11th) - and five new shooters - Teeth of the Dog, Tiger Walk, Cozzetti, Pretension and Zetterholm. HRTV will televise the draw live from Pimlico Race Course.

New York-based trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal informed Pimlico officials Wednesday morning that Guyana Star Dweej would not run in the Preakness Stakes. Shivmangal said the colt injured the area near his left front ankle galloping recently at Belmont Park and that the laceration hadn't healed properly.

The son of Eddington has a record of 1-for-9, with five second-place finishes, against much weaker competition and would have been an extreme long shot. Shivmangal finished ninth last year with Isn't He Perfect, his first Preakness starter.


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