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Secret Oath will try to join Swiss Skydiver and Rachel Alexandra as fillies to win the Preakness in the 21st Century.

Preakness officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath will compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

After Secret Oath’s 2-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, trainer D. Wayne Lukas indicated the Preakness was on the radar. Since then, Lukas has been pleased with Secret Oath’s work at Churchill Downs.

“We agonize over it,” Lukas said Wednesday morning. “She’s gone back to the track, and she was very sharp out there today. I don’t see anything about her that would change our decision right now (regarding the Preakness). … She’s training well. She’s bright. She’s sharp and out there playing.”

The Preakness would be Secret Oath’s second race this year against male competitors. She finished third behind Cyberknife and Barber Road in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 2 at Oaklawn Park. 

The draw for the Preakness is set for Monday, and the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby are expected to enter — Rich Strike, Epicenter, Zandon and Simplification. Early Voting, who was qualified for the Kentucky Derby but skipped the race, also is expected to enter. 



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