Trainer Bret Calhoun quickly became the talk of the backstretch with how well his Louisiana Derby (GII) winner By My Standards was training towards the Kentucky Derby. Following an 11th-place finish in the Derby that included losing several lengths at the break, Calhoun stated he will “back off” By My Standards for a couple of weeks and eye a summer campaign.
“It was quite the whirlwind the last few weeks,” Calhoun said. “I think I'm going to back off on him for a little bit and we'll see what kind of options we have during the summer for him.”
Even though Calhoun experienced some bad luck in the Derby, he didn't walk away from the weekend empty handed as stablemate Mr. Money stormed home to a victory in the Pat Day Mile (GIII).
“I know the Preakness was talked about with Mr. Money but there are too many races later on in the year that I didn't want to rush into anything crazy like that with him,” Calhoun said. “We'll target the Matt Winn, which is a mile-and-a-sixteenth and a solid next step after running one-turn in the Pat Day Mile. We know he can run well at one turn and if we rushed him coming back in two weeks and increased his distance to 1 3/16 miles, it may be too much for him to handle so quickly. If the Matt Winn works out well for him, then we have plenty of options in the summer at two turns.”
The $150,000 Matt Winn (GIII) is part of a nighttime stakes bonanza at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 15 that also includes the $150,000 Regret (GIII), $250,000 Wise Dan (GII), $250,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) and the $600,000 Stephen Foster (GII).
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