Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Roses In May, the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Oct. 30, will not run in the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's son of Devil His Due had been pointing toward the 1 1/8-mile Clark after his runner-up finish to Stronach Stable's "Horse of the Year" contender Ghostzapper in the Classic. But Ken Ramsey said that he had a change of heart because of how hard Roses In May had to run at Lone Star Park and will wind up his 2004 campaign a little earlier than planned.
"He ran his eyeballs out and I'm afraid that we emptied him out," said Ramsey. "We're doing what is best for the horse.
"We're going to freshen him up," added Ramsey. "We'll take him down to Palm Meadows over the winter and point him to the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Then we're going to take him to Dubai and try to win $3.6 million in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I)."
The $500,000 Donn is Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park and the Dubai World Cup is March 26.