The news that trainer Todd Pletcher is considering running sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Circular Quay back in the Preakness is welcome, adding an interesting horse to the Big Three Derby runners scheduled to race back. If the colt is doing well, the decision makes good sense, too.

While not impossible, its difficult for extreme late-rally types to perform at their best over a wet-fast surface, even nimble ones like Circular Quay. While the Churchill track did benefit from the floating, then opening, procedure used to quick-dry the track by track superintendent Butch Lehr and his crew (Derby day kudos all around), greasy tracks are often hard on late runners.

Yesterday at Belmont Park, Circular Quay worked an easy half-mile in :48 2/5. Pletcher will inspect the colt today and make an entry-time decision tomorrow. The presence of Flying First Class and Hard Spun insures a very solid Preakness pace, which should help Circular Quay. What might not, however, is the chance for a wet track for the Triple Crowns middle jewel. Showers are scheduled in the Baltimore area for the days leading up to the race.

At Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen got a lung opener from Derby show finisher Curlin; a half-mile in a dawdling :51. Not looking for speed in any way, Asmussen only wanted to observe how his colt came out of the work following his strenuous Derby effort, physically and mentally. Asmussen said he was pleased on both counts.

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense is scheduled to work this morning. Both he and Curlin will fly to Baltimore from Louisville tomorrow.