Derby, Preakness Champs Will Skip the Belmont

Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky will sit out third leg of Triple Crown
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2010 3:20 PM CDT
Derby, Preakness Champs Will Skip the Belmont
Martin Garcia celebrates aboard Lookin At Lucky after winning the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Baltimore. Lookin at Lucky won't be entered in the Belmont Stakes.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

(Newser) – The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners will not run in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the June 5 Belmont Stakes, their trainers said today. Lookin at Lucky's victory in yesterday's Preakness made 2011 the 32nd straight year without a Triple Crown winner, notes USA Today. It also took some pressure off Derby winner Super Saver, who won't have to run 1½ miles in his third race in 5 weeks.

"We wanted to win the Preakness," said Todd Pletcher, who trains Super Saver. "There's nothing more that I would have loved to have done than to come back to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown." (Read more Triple Crown stories.)

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