Updated on 09/17/2011 10:13AM

Hold That Tiger out of Gladness


Hold That Tiger has been withdrawn from Sunday's Gladness Stakes at The Curragh and instead will head straight to the 2000 Guineas without benefit of a prep race.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien made the decision not to run Hold That Tiger - winner of the Grand Criterium and third in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile - in the seven-furlong Group 3 Gladness against older horses on Friday morning. He said it would be asking too much of the 3-year-old Hold That Tiger to carry a Group 1 burden against good older horses like One Won One and Wrong Key, a 4-year-old filly who won a listed race last weekend.

O'Brien will be represented in the Gladness by Marino Marini, a Group 1-placed colt who will wear blinkers for the first time.

Hold That Tiger will have a public workout at The Curragh after Sunday's races in preparation for his 2000 Guineas date at Newmarket on May 3.