Audible, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes, his connections announced Friday morning.
"I don’t feel like he's doing quite as well as he was leading into the [Kentucky] Derby," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We've had a couple of weeks here where his training has been on sloppy tracks; now that we've had some good weather and some good surfaces I don’t feel like he’s where he needs to be to feel like he’s going to win the Belmont."
Pletcher canceled a scheduled breeze for Audible, who simply galloped on Friday. Audible will now be pointed to a race like the Jim Dandy at the end of July at Saratoga.
Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar, said the decision not to run Audible had nothing to do with the fact that Justify, who shares common ownership with Audible, is attempting to win the Triple Crown.
"It was Todd's decision," said Walden, who had flown into New York to watch Audible breeze. "It was about what was best for the horse."
Noble Indy, who WinStar co-owns with Mike Repole, is now possible for the Belmont Stakes after he worked a half-mile in 47.15 seconds in company with Vino Rosso Friday morning at Belmont.
"WinStar is fully on board with running him if the horse continues to do well," Pletcher said. "I felt the beeze this morning was as good as I've seen him breeze."
Javier Castellano, who worked Noble Indy, is likely to ride him in the Belmont.
Repole is also co-owner of Vino Rosso, the Wood Memorial winner who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby and who is also going to run in the Belmont.
At Saratoga, Hofburg worked six furlongs in 1:13.43 in company with Forge. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29.48, according to clocker Dave Norton.
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