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Commanding Curve to skip Preakness, aim for Belmont

Commanding Curve will have a five-week break before his next start (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve will bypass the $1.5 million Preakness on May 17 and will next race in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds confirmed the plans via the racing syndicate's Twitter account after an earlier report was published at Bloodhorse.com.

"Even before (the) Derby, (trainer) Dallas (Stewart) said he thought (Commanding Curve) would be tough over 'Big Sandy,'" Finley revealed in the tweet.

A son of Master Command, Commanding Curve finished 1 3/4 lengths behind California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby. A maiden winner in his fourth career start at Churchill Downs last November, the colt finished sixth in the Risen Star and third in the Louisiana Derby, both at Fair Grounds, prior to the Run for the Roses.

West Point's Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend, who missed the Kentucky Derby due to a fever, remains under consideration for the Preakness.

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