Snapper Sinclair, who had been under consideration for stakes races next week at Churchill Downs, will be given a brief freshening, trainer Steve Asmussen said Wednesday morning.
Snapper Sinclair was currently the bubble horse on the points list for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. He also had been strongly considered for the American Turf. But Asmussen said recent wet weather in Louisville had prevented him from training Snapper Sinclair to his satisfaction, and he and Jeff Bloom, who manages the Bloom Racing partnership that owns Snapper Sinclair, decided to give Snapper Sinclair some time off.
"We're going to give him a break," Asmussen said. "Mother Nature is saying quit it."
Blended Citizen now becomes the bubble horse, ranked 21st. Next behind him would have been Reride, who also is trained by Asmussen, but Asmussen said Reride would not run in the Derby, even if he can get in. He is a possibility, though, for the Preakness, on May 19 at Pimlico.