Following an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, trainer Brendan Walsh stated that Plus Que Parfait could race in the Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 8.
The son of Point of Entry, who won the Grade 2 United Arab Emirates Derby at Meydan Racecourse in his start prior to the Run for the Roses, will breeze sometime next weekend and a decision will likely be made from there.
“He’s still in the mix,” Walsh said. “We’ll see how he does next weekend but we’re very much on the fence.”
Owned by Imperial Racing, Plus Que Parfait made amends when shipping to Dubai after two unplaced efforts against stakes company at Fair Grounds over the winter. As a 2-year-old, he broke his maiden at third asking over the main track at Keeneland where he defeated eventual graded stakes winners Harvey Wallbanger and Cutting Humor.
Bred in Kentucky by Calloway Stables, Plus Que Parfait is the second foal out of the Awesome Again broodmare Belvedera. He was purchased for $135,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.