By My Standards turned out after foot 'flared back up' in work

June 19, 2019 06:22pm

Louisiana Derby (G2) winner By My Standards is due for time off, trainer Bret Calhoun and owner Chester Thomas both said Wednesday.

The 3-year-old colt, who ran 11th
 last out May 4 in the Kentucky Derby, exited recent workout favoring what Calhoun described as a tender foot. Calhoun said the condition isn’t a long-term concern but warranted a break from training and racing.

Calhoun and Thomas said By My Standards will rest on a farm over the next two months.

“It’s just something he’d fought going into (the Kentucky Derby) a little bit at times,” Calhoun said. “It kind of flared back up on him. … He was kind of bruised up in the bulb of his foot.

“We just decided to give him a little time instead of keeping going on with him.”

By My Standards worked twice since the Kentucky Derby, most recently June 7. He went five furlongs in one minute at Churchill Downs, a breeze Calhoun called “phenomenal.”

Connections had previously considered the $250,000 Iowa Derby on July 5 at Prairie Meadows or the Grade 3, $500,000 Indiana Derby on July 13 at Indiana Grand for By My Standards’ next start.

“The thing with me, I’m never going to push my trainers to do something that’s not right by the horse,” Thomas, whose Allied Racing Stable LLC campaigns the colt, said at Ellis Park’s media day to preview the Henderson, Ky., track's upcoming meet. “And Bret’s a great horseman. He knows what to do.”

By My Standards earned a Kentucky Derby shot with his triumph March 23 in Fair Grounds' Louisiana Derby.

Three of the horses By My Standards beat that day in New Orleans have since earned Grade 1 stakes scores: Country House in the Kentucky Derby, War of Will in the Preakness and Hog Creek Hustle in the Woody Stephens. Another, stablemate Mr. Money, has won back-to-back Grade 3 stakes in the Pat Day Mile and Matt Winn.

By My Standards went off 19-1 in the Kentucky Derby and was squeezed at the start by Gray Magician. He never contended on a sloppy Churchill track that was sealed before the race, but only after showers drenched the course.

“By My Standards, he ran his heart out,” Thomas said. “But it was tough to get a bad start and to get thrown back there with all that mud. That poor horse, I bet he had 20 pounds of mud on him. Between him and (Gabriel Saez), the jockey, they were covered up.”

By My Standards’ break arrives as Mr. Money hits his best stride. He romped by 6 ½ lengths Saturday in Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Stakes (G3), setting up a potential crack at Maximum Security on July 20 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1).

Mr. Money and By My Standards share an ownership group, a trainer and a sire, two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Goldencents.

“Right now, Mr. Money is on the improve and we’re going to go see what we can do with him,” Thomas said. “And maybe there’ll be a day we need to put him on the shelf and come back with By My Standards.”


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