Ice Box skipping the Preakness

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box is skipping the Preakness.

Trainer Nick Zito said Wednesday it's more likely the 3-year-old colt will be pointed to the Belmont instead.

Ice Box finished a hard-charging second to Super Saver in last weekend's Run for the Roses. Zito said the day after the race he was concerned the his horse might have trouble with the short two-week turnaround between the first and second Triple Crown races.

The Florida Derby winner took six weeks off before running under the twin spires at Churchill Downs. There's a five-week layoff between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont, scheduled for June 5.

Zito said he'll decide on Monday whether to send Jackson Bend to Pimlico. Jackson Bend finished 12th in the Derby.

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