Sir Barton for Dazzling Gem
Dazzling Gem will skip the Preakness and make his next start in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton Stakes.
“That’s where we’re leaning,” Kentucky-based trainer Brad Cox said. “Nyquist isn’t in there. That has a lot to do with it.
“Honestly right now, it might not be a bad thing to shorten this horse up a little bit. His last two races have been a mile and an eighth,” Cox said. “I’m not saying he can’t handle a mile and an eighth, but he certainly didn’t jump out that he wanted even more ground going a mile and three-sixteenths, so we’ll back him up a little bit and it’s softer competition in the Sir Barton as opposed to the Preakness.”
Other horses being pointed to the Sir Barton include Donegal Moon, Flash McCaul, Gettysburg, Moon King and possibly Bobcat.
“I think this will be a great stepping-stone to bigger and better things, hopefully, the rest of the year,” Cox said. “I think this is the most realistic spot for the horse and the best spot as far as moving forward.”
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release