The Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose on June 23 is
shaping up to be a rematch between the Kentucky Oaks top two finishers, with
the winner, Believe You Can, and
the runner-up, Broadway’s Alibi,
aiming for the 1 1/16-mile race.
Believe You Can, a Brereton C. Jones homebred, has remained at
Churchill Downs since the Oaks and will depart for New York
by van Saturday and arrive at Belmont
early Sunday, according to trainer Larry Jones. She’ll breeze at Belmont either Monday or
Tuesday, the trainer said.
“The biggest thing is getting her there,” said the trainer.
“There are no flights available. If she handles the trip and handles the
track, we’re running.”
Jones noted how Believe You Can already has experience on the Belmont main track from
her victory in the Grade 3 Tempted last October.
“She did well over the track last year,” said Jones.
In addition to Believe You Can and Broadway’s Alibi, the Mother
Goose is expected to attract Contested
and Zo Impressive, first and
second in Memorial Day’s Grade 1 Acorn, according to NYRA stakes
coordinator Andrew Byrnes.
“[The Mother Goose] looks like a good one, with the top four or
five fillies in the country,” said Jones. “We’ve never ducked
anybody, otherwise we never would have been in the Kentucky Oaks.”