Preakness Over Derby? Pletcher-Trained Dr Post ‘Leaning’ Away From Louisville Trip

Trainer Todd Pletcher may be without a Kentucky Derby starter for the first time since 2003, reports drf.com. His trainee Dr Post is qualified for the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, but owner Vinnie Viola is leaning away from sending the Belmont runner-up and Haskell third-place finisher to Louisville, Ky.

“We haven’t made a final decision yet,” Pletcher told drf.com. “Wait and see how things go this week. I would say it’s leaning more towards not going than going.”

Instead of the Kentucky Derby, Dr Post may be pointed to the Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3, or there is a chance he could run in the Jim Dandy Stakes on Sept. 5.

Dr Post, by Quality Road, has a record of 2-1-1 from five starts for earnings of $361,635.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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