Derby Trial winner Hull will not race in the Preakness and instead will run in the Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6.

Barry Irwin of co-owner Team Valor said he expects the pace of Saturday's Preakness to be too much for Hull, who is unbeaten but has had only three starts. He didn't start as a 2-year-old because of shin problems.

Irwin told the Lexington Herald-Leader the Preakness would have been Hull's first at such a distance and that he wasn't comfortable with the speed that would be in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Woody Stephens is 7 furlongs, while the Preakness is 1 3/16 miles.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,