NEW YORK -- It was Bull Outofthe money.
Florida Derby winner Bull Inthe Heather had an inauspicious turf debut Thursday, finishing a dull fourth in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the grass at Belmont Park. Trainer Howie Tesher declared after the race that Bull Inthe Heather would not start in the Belmont Stakes June 5.
"You can't run him in the Belmont now, not off two bad races in a row," said Tesher, who was referring to the colt's 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
Bull Inthe Heather showed far more speed than normal, dropped back under jockey Wigberto Ramos and finally made a mild run at theend. It was a peculiar ride.
"He can't run like that," Tesher said. "I never wanted him that close. I was hoping he'd relax and make a good run at the end."
Meanwhile, Alydeed, the highweight for Monday's Met Mile at 124 pounds, drilled five furlongs in 58 2/5 seconds Thursday at Woodbine. With jockey Don Seymour aboard, he flew through the first three furlongs in 33 4/5.
"I don't know if I'm ready for Monday's race, but after this work I sure know Alydeed is," said trainer Roger Attfield. "It was just a super work."
Confirmed starters for the Met Mile include Alydeed, Bertrando, Ibero, Fly So Free, Furiously, Delafield, Loach and England Expects, who gets in with 105 pounds.