05/12/2013 2:17PM

Preakness Stakes: Normandy Invasion to skip race

Barbara D. Livingston
Normandy Invasion, most recently fourth in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, will skip Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and instead will make the $1 million Travers on Aug. 24 at Saratoga his next major objective, owner Rick Porter said Sunday.

Porter said Normandy Invasion would make his next start in either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28.

Porter made the decision Sunday after talking with his trainer, Chad Brown. Immediately after the Derby, Brown said he wanted to skip the Preakness, but on Monday, he said he wanted to keep an open mind.

Though Normandy Invasion appeared to be galloping well at Belmont, the decision was made to have a fresh horse for the second half of the year.

“Winning the Preakness would be great; running second or third wouldn’t do us any good at all,” Porter said. “And it might not be any good for the horse. The risk/reward [factor] is what it came down to. I said the risk/reward in the Preakness doesn’t make any sense. We need to give the horse time off; let’s get some weight back on him.”

Initially, Porter said he and Brown discussed pointing Normandy Invasion to a race in mid-June, such as the Pegasus at Monmouth Park. But then he and Brown decided to wait until the end of July to run him.

“Our goal should be to try to have a fresh horse for the Jim Dandy or the Haskell and get to the Travers,” Porter said. “I’m just being conservative; no other reason he couldn’t run back. You don’t get many chances to go off the second choice in a classic and not run, but I’m making that decision. Coming back in two weeks would be a mistake long term.”

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The defection of Normandy Invasion leaves nine definite starters for the Preakness, with Vyjack being a possible 10th runner.

The definites are Orb, Departing, Itsmyluckyday, Goldencents, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Titletown Five, Mylute, and Govenor Charlie.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who galloped at Belmont on Sunday, was scheduled to work at 6 a.m. Monday at Belmont and ship later in the morning to Pimlico.

john More than 1 year ago
You strike while the iron is hot! There is no guarantee that Normandy Invasion will ever run again. A lot of bad things can happen to a horse over the course of three months. When the horse is healthy and sharp - you run...period. You never ever figure that you will come this way again.
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
Maybe the horse isn't as sharp as they would like, hence the scratch. Brown was on the fence all along........Bert D
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Question.... Strike while the iron is hot with Normandy Invasion? Sir, he sports a MSW win and that is it.
ralph More than 1 year ago
They have to do something for this sport and I suspect they're going all out for a triple crown winner this year.If they can tweak it a little they will.Normandy isn't a very big horse and my hat's off to the owner for not getting triple crown fever and ruining this animal.This horse will win a couple of nice races this year.
Allen Joyner More than 1 year ago
Chad Brown is a native of Saratoga County, and has always maintained the Travers is the one race he wants to win. Resting him until late July would not only set him up for the Travers, but also they would have a reasonably fresh horse for the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeder's Cup.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Looks like Bob Baffert made best decision of all, keeping Gov Charlie out of yum brands.. ..could of ran had puntas, will he pull another bodemiester/paynter live shot ? So ,...itsmyluckday only derby starter to pull a Snow Chief.......w/ Orb theres trifecta
john More than 1 year ago
Coming back in two weeks would be a mistake long term. Above, in a beautiful nutshell, is the reason horse racing is a dying sport.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Headline should read Normandy Invasion Retreats. Hah? Have an outrageous day!
Dennis More than 1 year ago
Didn't he get a late start in the Derby preps? Now they want to put hime on the shelf till summer. What happens when he finishes third in has Travers prep? They'll need to rest him again for the BC Mile because he's not good enough for the BC Classic.
Perl More than 1 year ago
All these people babbling on about this horse being eligible for n1x, he is also a two-time G1 placed stakes horse. One of those races he lost by a nose. Personally I think he's a good colt with a bright future and Chad is doing the right thing for the horse. He hasn't really run a bad race. I'm guessing we might see him on the Bemont Stakes undercard in that 8.5 furlong race, what is it The Easy Goer? That Teeth of the Dog won last year. Go get 'em Normandy!
Perl More than 1 year ago
Ah, correction, he didn't quite place in the Derby but he clearly ran a good race with not such a good ride. Nice strong move to the front, but premature by JJC. Just because he's not Orb doesn't mean he's not a good horse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Babbling is the right word, Perl, perfect.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Golden Soul is Grade 1 placed as well. He didnt win though. No excuses for trips either. A loss is a loss and he has 5 losses to 1 win against horses that never won.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the horse that is one thing but do not sit here and preach that he deserves to be winning these races with his resume. Out here.
peter k More than 1 year ago
The connections made the right choice and porter probably learned something from the handling of Hansen last year
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
I don't get the connection. Porter has been in racing way longer than the connections of Hansen.........Bert D
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
And the running styles of both horses couldn't be more different........Bert D
Matt Sanders More than 1 year ago
And so we bid adieu to the most overrated horse of the field. Yes, I know he was 2nd in this, 2nd in that. 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the other. But at the end of the day, this is a horse still eligible for NW1X. A fine horse, for sure, but he's not ready for mutli-graded stakes winning company. Certainly undeserving of 2nd choice in the ML.
Chuck Seeger More than 1 year ago
Couldn't agree more. Classic "All hat - no cattle" horse. Someone needs to tell Castellano that the Travers is also a 10 furlong race and going into a full drive at the 5/16's pole will probably not get it done.
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
do you not think that Castellano was left in that position because of the leaders stopping so abruptly in front of him? After all 4 of the first 5 home came from well off the pace????..........Bert d