Commanding Curve to skip Preakness looks toward Belmont

05/05/2014 04:06 PM

Hard charging Commanding Curve, who finished second to California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby, will be skipping the Preakness in favor of the Belmont Stakes, according to West Point Thoroughbreds’ President Terry Finley.

“He came out of the race well and got right back into the feed tub; he showed me all the positive indicators I look for after a horse runs,” said trainer Dallas Stewart in an interview with bloodhorse.com. “Terry and I have worked together for almost 20 years, and we love to test each other and we’re constantly trying to help each other keep open minds about opportunities, but we also always try to keep the best path for the individual horse in mind.”

Prior to the Derby Commanding Curve had flown somewhat under the radar. The colt started his 3-year-old campaign finishing sixth in the Risen Star Stakes and third in the Louisiana Derby before making a Run for the Roses last Saturday.

“The vast majority of Derby runs, you make the move Commanding Curve made and you’re in the winner’s circle,” Stewart said. “Unfortunately, this year we had California Chrome to deal with, but we love to compete and we’ll see him in five weeks in New York.”

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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