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Dublin and Setsuko to skip Belmont

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LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28: Dublin with exercise rider Arielle Witkowski aboard runs on the track during the morning workouts for the Kentucky Derbyat Churchill Downs on April 28, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28: Dublin with exercise rider Arielle Witkowski aboard runs on the track during the morning workouts for the Kentucky Derbyat Churchill Downs on April 28, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Toss a couple of more names onto the "Skipping the Belmont" list as the connections of Dublin and Setsuko will both bypass the Belmont Stakes in a little over two weeks.  According to a BloodHorse.com article (Belmont Field Begins to Dwindle), Setsuko is dealing with inflamation in his ankles and will be given some time off.  As for Dublin, trainer D. Wayne Lukas was quoted as saying the colt will be pointed towards the Haskell, Travers, and Breeders' Cup Classic.

Perhaps it's just me, but Dublin is starting to look like a horse that just isn't cut out for Grade 1 races at this point in time.  And while there is always the chance that Dublin will develop further and finally put it all together in the summer, it's tough to see this colt as a major player in the top Grade 1 races this summer without major improvements.  

If the connections are serious about running this colt in the Haskell on August 1st, you would think that they'll try to find a Grade 3 or an Allowance class race somewhere so that Dublin can gain a little confidence.  At this point, Dublin needs to remember what it's like to finish at the front of the pack.