Rousing Sermon out of the Preakness, but Belmont still a possibility

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Idaho-owned and Parma-raised Rousing Sermon, who finished eighth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, will not run in the May 19th Preakness Stakes, the second leg horse racing's Triple Crown.

Dan Kiser, the horse manager at Parma's Tree Top Ranches where Rousing Sermon was raised and broke in, said the turnaround is just too quick for the horse.

"He was a little tired. He gave it his all," Kiser said.

Rousing Sermon flew to California and was back in his stall at Hollywood Park by early Sunday evening, Kiser said.

He did not rule out running Rousing Sermon in the June 9th Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will make that decision in three or four weeks, Kiser said.

The horse could also go to lower-profile races.

"We need to make some money with him," Kiser said. "And look for chances to make some money with a good 3-year-old. There's lots of big races for 3-year-olds all over the country."

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