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Fusaichi Pegasus is focused _ on the cars

Fusaichi Pegasus took a first look around Pimlico Race Course early Thursday morning, and as usual, the frisky colt decided what was on his tour, and how long it would last.

The 3-5 Preakness favorite was led out for exercise around 6 but soon was staring at cars driving along an adjoining road and inspecting anything else that moved.

On several occasions, the colt took three steps, then stopped, despite serious urging from handlers.

Trainer Neil Drysdale said the now-typical display was accounted for in his prerace plans.

"(Thursday) wasn't scheduled to be anything serious anyway," he said. "(Today) we get more serious. (Thursday) he was more concerned with what was going on around him, checking out everything. That's just his character, so this was a typical first day."

Drysdale has kept Barn 7 cordoned off and issued access restrictions to prevent the curious from disturbing the Kentucky Derby winner. All this, he said, was to maintain "quiet."

The goal has been achieved, he said, except for the noise coming through the barbed-wire fence between his stable and the neighborhood beyond.

RED-LETTER MEET: Trainer Joe Orseno can become just the second trainer in the modern era to win the Grade I Preakness and Pimlico Special in the same meet if Red Bullet wins the Preakness on Saturday. Orseno won the special with Golden Missile last week. Both horses are owned by Stronach Stables.

Nick Zito was the last to win both races: with Star Standard (Special) and Louis Quatorze (Preakness) in 1996.

Red Bullet is starting to get edgy _ a good edgy _ as race-day approaches, Orseno said.

"He's as sharp as he can be," Orseno said of the horse that finished second to "FuPeg" in the Wood Memorial. "I have him on edge, and that's what I want."

_ BRANT JAMES

Morning-line odds

The field for Saturday's 125th Preakness Stakes, with post position, horse's name, jockey's name and morning-line odds:

1. Hugh Hefner Espinoza 20-1

2. Snuck In Asmussen 12-1

3. Impeachment Perret 8-1

4. Red Bullet Bailey 9-2

5. High Yield Day 10-1

6. Captain Steve Albarado 8-1

7. Fus. Pegasus D'meaux 3-5

8. Hal's Hope Velez 20-1

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