Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.
"He's been all over the place so I'm still trying to decide if it's best for him to go to New York," Currin said. "He's been to Louisiana, to the Middle East in war time and then Kentucky. Right now I'm deciding between the Belmont or waiting until the Swaps."
The $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), a 1 1/8-mile main track event for 3-year- olds, will be contested on July 13 at Hollywood Park.
Outta Here raced mostly wide and had a trouble-filled trip in the Kentucky Derby, closing from well back in the early going of the 1 1/4-mile event to finish seventh. It was the colt's strong performance despite the adversity in the Run for the Roses that prompted Currin's decision to consider the Belmont.
"He actually raced about a mile and a half in the (Derby)," Currin said. "He was so far out wide into the first turn because of the traffic mostly. But it was Kent (jockey Desormeaux) who took him wide on the far turn because he said Outta Here wasn't handling the track very well. So Kent took him out to the middle of the track where it was deeper and he started to run on. It's his style to run from the back, but not that far. I think he finished well."
Outta Here hasn't posted an official work since the Derby but has been put through a couple "strong gallops that are a lot like works" Currin said. Outta Here officially will return to the worktab once a decision on the Belmont is made.
Outta Here, a chestnut son of Dehere and the Forty Niner mare Just Out, won last year's $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs and finished fourth in Dubai's UAE Derby (gr. II) in his sophomore debut. He also finished second in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) and third in the Best Pal (gr. III) and Generous Stakes (gr. III). His career line stands at 9-2-2-2, $504,260.
One thing Currin is sure of is that Outta Here will have his work cut out for him should he make the Belmont. The conditioner was highly complimentary of Derby winner Funny Cide's 9 3/4-length romp in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday.
"It was very impressive," Currin said. 'He's a very nice horse, obviously."