The field for Saturday's Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) was reduced by one on Friday when trainer Graham Motion decided against shipping Dr. Brendler from his Maryland base to Churchill Downs for the race.
Francis O'Toole's 5-year-old son of Distant View was a 19-1 winner of the Citgo Dixie Handicap (gr. II) on the Preakness under card at Pimlico. Motion decided that he wanted a bit more time between races than the two week gap between the Dixie and the Louisville.
"I just think it's a little too quick with that ship and everything," he said. "I probably got a little bit ahead of myself. There's a couple of races up here next week and I think the extra race would probably benefit him."
Motion is very pleased with Dr. Brendler's progress this spring. The Citgo Dixie was his first graded stakes victory and followed a strong allowance win at Keeneland.
"That was great," said Motion. "It was exciting and, if we pick our spots carefully, maybe he'll win another one."
Dr. Brendler has a career record of 5-2-2 in 26 races and has earned $274,617 -- with $157,035 of that total generated during his 2003 campaign. Another Maryland shipper for the Louisville, Augustin Stable's
Rochester, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Friday evening.