05/08/2011 12:20PM

Louisiana Derby winner Pants On Fire will rest until Haskell after bleeding in Kentucky Derby

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Barbara D. Livingston
Pants On Fire galloping last Sunday at Churchill Downs, bled badly in the Kentucky Derby and will miss the rest of the Triple Crown series.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Pants On Fire, the Louisiana Derby winner who finished ninth in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, was found to have bled in the race and will not point to any of the remaining Triple Crown races, trainer Kelly Breen said Sunday morning.

 “He bled a significant amount. We are not going to the Preakness,’’ Breen said. “We are going to try and heal him up inside out. My main goal right now is in three months is the Haskell.’’

Breen was referring to the $1 million race scheduled for July 31 at Monmouth Park, where Pants on Fire shipped to on Sunday afternoon and where he will be based this summer.

Breen said that aside from the bleeding episode, Pants on Fire was otherwise physically fine.

 “He’s bright, he’s alert, his legs look good,’’ Breen said.

\Breen said Ruler On Ice, who finished second in Saturday’s Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico, was unlikely to run back in the Preakness.