ANDRESS | Ring Weekend out of Derby; Commanding Curve moves to 20th spot
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) --- There was another defection in the Kentucky Derby point standings Sunday, opening another spot for a horse on the bubble, with less than a week before Saturday's 140th Kentucky Derby.
Ring Weekend spiked a fever Sunday and was withdrawn from consideration for the Derby. He was 14th in the Derby point standings with 50 points.
Ironically, it opened the door for another horse from the same owners. West Point Thoroughbreds owns both Ring Weekend and Commanding Curve. Commanding Curve now moves up to 20th in the point standings, guaranteeing a spot in the starting gate.
“The only good outcome from this is that his black and gold brethren Commanding Curve makes up for what Ring Weekend most assuredly would have done in the Kentucky Derby,” said West Point Thoroughbreds executive vice president Jeff Lifson to Churchill Downs. “We’re excited to run the other colt, but there are mixed feelings, as there is so often in this game.”
Commanding Curve is trained by Dallas Stewart. He finished 3rd in the Louisiana Derby March 29th, behind Vicar's In Trouble and Intense Holiday.
He did run three times at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old, hitting the board all three times and winning once.