Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed March 13 that 2-year-old champion male Shared Belief will not contest the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland next month and is officially off the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride has not worked since Jan. 3 due to foot ailments and is currrently stabled at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California.
"Right now I don't have a good update for you," Hollendorfer said. "We're working with the horse up here and as soon as he's ready to run, we'll run him."
Owned by Jim Rome's Jungle Racing, Jason Litt, Alex Solis II, and partners, Shared Belief won the Hollywood Prevue Stakes and the CashCall Futurity in addition to his maiden score at Golden Gate last year. Although he was nominated to the Blue Grass, Shared Belief was unlikely to make that race due to his setback earlier in the season.
"I never had the horse on the Derby trail anyway; the media had him on the Derby trail," Hollendorfer said. "When me and my owners discussed this, way back when we got the horse, we never were concerned about getting to the Derby anyway."
Shared Belief was to have started in the Feb. 8 Robert B. Lewis but missed a planned Jan. 24 workout due to an abscess in his right front foot (full story here).
"We'll get him ready to run later on, if he stays good," Hollendorfer said