While the racing world prepares for the Preakness Stakes next Saturday, there are two more well-known horses who will join Union Rags in not participating in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Ed Fountaine of the New York Post reports that Dullahan, who had a strong sprint in the home stretch to finish in third place at the Kentucky Derby, will opt to sit out the Preakness in order to prepare for Belmont on June 9.
"[Trainer] Dale Romans loves the way Dullahan came out of the Kentucky Derby and believes we could win the Preakness," said Jerry Crawford, manager of the Donegal Racing partnership that owns the big colt. "But we believe we have a 3-year-old Horse of the Year candidate, and that his future is best served by not asking him to race for the third time in just five weeks."
Meanwhile, the Courier-Journal reports that Gemologist, who was one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby, suffered a bruised left foot during the race at Churchill Downs last Saturday. The injury will keep Gemologist out of both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, meaning that the horse's Triple Crown participation has come to an end.
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