Lord Miles (Curlin), who was ordered scratched from the GI Kentucky Derby by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) because he is part of the Saffie Joseph, Jr. stable, will bypass the GI Preakness S. and is unlikely to run in the GI Belmont S., Joseph said Friday. A day earlier owner Peter Vegso had told the TDN that both the Preakness and Belmont were under consideration.
The decision came after Lord Miles worked four furlongs in :49.50 Friday morning at Palm Meadows.
“He had a good work but the Preakness was never really a priority,” Joseph said. “That’s where we’re at with him. The Belmont comes into play because it would give us more time. We will work him twice more before making any decisions, but I might want to look at other races.”
Lord Miles was set to enter the Derby off an upset win in the GII Wood Memorial at 59-1.
Though the KHRC ordered all of Joseph’s horses entered Derby week to be scratched and he was banned indefinitely by Churchill Downs, Joseph said he did not anticipate having any problems running in other jurisdictions. Churchill and the KHRC made their rulings after two horses Joseph trained died of unknown causes in the lead-up to the Derby.