April 25, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Trainer Steve Asmussen says Isn't He Clever has been withdrawn from consideration for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

The 3-year-old gelding sired by Smarty Jones had been under the care of trainer Henry Dominguez before being sent to Asmussen following an eighth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby on April 14.

Isn't He Clever arrived at Churchill Downs on April 17 and breezed four furlongs on Monday. The J. Kirk and Judy Robison-owned horse ranked No. 21 in graded stakes earnings with $191,333 and would have needed one of the other top 20 graded stakes earners to drop out to make the field.

Asmussen said Wednesday that Isn't He Clever could run in the Preakness at Pimlico on May 19 or the Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 9.

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