George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds’s GI Kentucky Derby contender Max Player (Honor Code) has been moved from trainer Linda Rice to the Steve Asmussen barn, Rice confirmed via Twitter Tuesday.
“Max Player has been moved to the Asmussen barn in order to prepare for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs,” Rice said. “We are disappointed to see him go, but we wish George Hall and SportBLX the best of luck!”
Winner of the GIII Withers S. this February at Aqueduct, Max Player finished third behind Tiz the Law (Constitution) off a four-plus month layoff in the GI Belmont S. and again completed the trifecta behind the Derby favorite in Saturday’s GI Runhappy Travers S. at Saratoga. He currently sits in ninth on the Derby points leaderboard with 60 and was slated to become Rice’s first starter in the Run for the Roses.