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Toast of New York ruled out of Kentucky Derby
Jamie Osborne, trainer of U.A.E. Derby winner Toast of New York, has revealed the colt will be bypassing the May 3 Kentucky Derby and instead point for the June 7 Epsom Derby, for which he was supplemented for £8,000 on Tuesday.
"There is nothing wrong with the horse, we are very satisfied with how he came back from Dubai," Osborne told PA Sport. "We just felt piling him on a plane again so soon to take him to another continent and tackle another different surface would be a lot to ask. To put him in the Epsom Derby at this stage costs £8,000 and to add him at the next stage would be £75,000. It is by no means a certain plan he will run there, but it makes sense to keep our options open."
Toast of New York guaranteed himself a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate by winning the March 29 U.A.E. Derby at Meydan, for which he earned 100 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
Osborne said a prep for the 1 1/2-mile classic at Epsom is unlikely.
"Fitness-wise he doesn't need a prep run," the conditioner said. "Experience-wise it could be a help, but a race like the Dante Stakes (at York) is only three weeks before Epsom, and could you leave your Derby at the Dante? If he does go to Epsom I'm pretty sure he'll go straight there."
The 2015 Dubai World Cup is a long-term target for Toast of New York.
"We hope he is a horse with a great future and longer term his aim has to be next year's Dubai World Cup," Osborne said. "I think that can be carved in stone and it is just a case of thinking about what route we take between now and next March."