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“As good as he is, if Goldencents rebounds and gets back to his Santa Anita Derby effort, I think we have a chance to be right there,” trainer Doug O’Neill said about his horse.

Among the new horses possibly joining the Preakness field are Illinois Derby winner Departing, Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, Southwest runner-up Fear the Kitten and Bellarmine.

Lukas, a five-time Preakness winner, thinks the next race will be the toughest for Orb.

“If he gets by that, he gets to go back home to Belmont and run right out of his stall,” he said.

Golden Soul, who finished second in the Derby as a 34-1 shot, will likely pass on the Preakness and point toward the Belmont Stakes on June 8, trainer Dallas Stewart said.

The final leg of the Triple Crown is where some of Pletcher’s Derby quintet could land, too.

Revolutionary, third in the Derby, and Overanalyze (11th) will likely run in the race.

Pletcher wasn’t sure about future plans for Palace Malice and Verrazano, whose four-race winning streak ended in the Derby. Charming Kitten will go back to turf races.