Mr. Fantasy, winner of the Withers Stakes (gr. III), will make his next start in the $600,000 Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) May 25, West Point Thoroughbreds’ president Terry Finley said Tuesday.
Mr. Fantasy had been a considered a possibility for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), but Finley and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin felt the New York-bred would be better suited by the Met Mile.
“Kiaran and I both feel he’s a true miler and he’ll get a break in the weights,” Finley said. “If we feel that he doesn’t fit against the older horses in the Met Mile, we’ll wait for the (seven-furlong) Woody Stephens (gr. II).”
The Woody Stephens will be run on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day June 6.
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Mr. Fantasy is also owned by Donald Brooks and Nick Cammarano.