Trainer Nick Zito said the horse probably won’t come back and be part of the Preakness Stakes betting field. Preakness Stakes odds might have listed Ice Box as the second choice behind Super Saver but it doesn’t appear that the horse will go in the race.
Zito was not committing one way or the other but it sounded doubtful for Ice Box for Preakness Stakes wagering. “We never say never but, I know one thing: I would have to see how he is doing,” Zito said. “I am not going to make any decision right now, obviously.”
Ice Box ran a strong race in the Derby but didn’t get a great trip. “Do I think he was the best? I would have loved to have seen him clear,” Zito said. “Super Saver was very good and Calvin Borel was very good. I have always liked that horse but, yeah, I would have loved to have seen Ice Box get a clear shot.”
If Ice Box does not go in Preakness Stakes odds it is likely he would come back in the Belmont Stakes. Zito has been the trainer that has ruined Triple Crown bids before in the Belmont.
He did it with Birdstone in 2004 as he upset Smarty Jones and in 2008 he had Da’Tara who won the Belmont as Big Brown failed to win the Triple Crown. No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
“Calvin said something interesting after the race,” Zito said. “He said Super Saver is going to win the Triple Crown. Well, if we don’t win the Preakness and he wins, I will be waiting for him at Belmont.”
Ice Box ran a good race in the Derby but just couldn’t get past Super Saver and he may not get the chance in Preakness Stakes odds. “My horse ran a good race and did get me second. He put in a great run. We just couldn't get that break when we needed it.” Zito said.
Zito’s other horse Jackson Bend didn’t do much as he finished 12th. “Jackson petered out,” Zito said. “He had a little problem, but he ran OK.” Zito said. Jackson Bend could be entered in Preakness Stakes odds. In fact, he is more likely to go in Preakness Stakes odds than Ice Box.
Whether or not Ice Box goes in Preakness Stakes odds he will be the second choice in Preakness Stakes betting behind Super Saver.