Local’s horse Commanding Curve will skip Preakness for Belmont Stakes
May 12, 2014
NEW — 3:45 p.m. May 12, 2014
Commanding Curve, the second-place Kentucky Derby horse partly owned by Issaquah resident Dennis Poppe, will not run in the May 17 Preakness.
“We’re going to run the Belmont Stakes in four weeks,” Poppe said. “We needed a longer ground time. We wanted to be at our best at Belmont.”
He said had the 3-year-old colt won the Kentucky Derby, the horse would have run the Preakness in Maryland. However, with the strong second-place finish, Poppe said the owners are looking to focus on the future.
The Preakness race is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.