Calhoun: Backing Off on By My Standards; Onward with Mr Money

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12:07 pm

Trainer Bret Calhoun will back off on By My Standards for an indeterminate time following his 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (moved up to 11th via disqualification).

By My Standards had become a buzz horse on the backside after training well for the Derby.

“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.”

Mr Money Going Forward

Calhoun didn’t walk away from the weekend empty handed as stablemate Mr. Money stormed home to a victory in the Pat Day Mile on Derby day.

“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.”

Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky. owns both horses.

Edited release with additional content by Dick Downey