Deterministic Works at Belmont, Will Skip Derby

Deterministic | Sarah Andrew

St. Elias Stable, Ken Langone, C. Steven Duncker and Vicarage Stable's Deterministic (Liam's Map) turned in his first work since finishing a well-beaten eighth in the Apr. 6 GII Wood Memorial S. with a five-furlong move in 1:02.63 (11/19) over the dirt training track at Belmont Park Sunday.

Deterministic is 16th on the eligibility list for the GI Kentucky Derby thanks to his victory in the GIII Gotham S., but trainer Christophe Clement confirmed the dark bay colt will skip the Run for the Roses.

“I spoke to the owners and we decided to keep him in New York and we will keep all the New York options open,” Clement said.

Of Sunday's work, Clement added, “He came back all right, he had a maintenance work. He looked well.”

Deterministic was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following his debut victory at Saratoga last August and returned from seven months on the sidelines to win the Gotham by two lengths in March. He finished 17 3/4 lengths back as the favorite in the Wood.

Deterministic's defection from Derby consideration allows Grand Mo the First (Uncle Mo), third in the GI Curlin Florida Derby, to gain a berth in the race.

“The horse will breeze here [at Gulfstream] Tuesday and will be moved to Kentucky Thursday,” trainer Victor Barboza said. “That will be his last workout. There are no more workouts at Churchill Downs after next week. He'll just school in the paddock and starting gate.”

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