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A number of Belmont Stakes 2013 hopefuls will have key workouts at
Park Sunday morning, including Kentucky Derby winner
Orb and five prospective runners from trainer Todd Pletcher.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Orb will run in the 1 ½-mile
Belmont if he breezes well Sunday. The Malibu Moon colt will go out at 6 a.m. with regular exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out
Revolutionary, Palace Malice,
Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo
and the filly Unlimited Budget
in as-yet-to-be-determined squads at 6 a.m. and 8:45 a .m. on the main
track. The first three are definite for Saturday’s race, with the status
of Unlimited Budget and Midnight
Taboo dependant on how they work.
Incognito, who joined the
field last week, will breeze after the second renovation break on the
training track with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, said trainer Kiaran
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Always in a Tiz,
most recently ninth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, breezed five furlongs
in 1:01.12 Saturday morning at Belmont Park for a possible start in
either the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8
or the $150,000 Easy Goer on the Belmont undercard.
Jockey David Cohen was up for the move, the second-fastest of eight on the main track.
“He worked well this morning, and galloped out well,” said
Dominick Schettino, who trains Always in a Tiz for MeB Racing Stables
and Brooklyn Boyz Stables. “I will speak
to the owners tonight and we’ll make a final decision after that.”
The Tiznow colt, a maiden winner at Saratoga Race Course, was
second to Vyjack in the Traskwood overnight stakes as a 2-year-old.
Prior to the Wood he was third in the
Smarty Jones and fifth in the Grade 3 Southwest, both at Oaklawn
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A decision on the Belmont status of Frac Daddy, who worked four furlongs in a bullet 47.80 Saturday at Churchill Downs,
likely would be made by Monday, trainer Ken McPeek said by phone on Saturday.
“I’m going to watch him train at Churchill the next couple of
days and we’ll decide Monday,” McPeek said. “He seems to be going in the
right direction. He’s a really
talented horse who had a lot of issues all spring, but I think he’s
beyond them now and we like the distance.”
Runner-up to Overanalyze in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Frac Daddy most recently finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby. His trainer saddled Sarava to a 70-1
upset in the 2002 Belmont.
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Giant Finish, currently based at Fair Hill, will ship to
Park for a Monday morning breeze, trainer Tony Dutrow said via telephone on Saturday.
“The people who own him want to give him the chance to show what
he can do in the Belmont Stakes,” said Dutrow, who added that Giant
Finish will breeze on the main track
after the renovation break.
Owned by a partnership headed by Andrew Cohen’s Sunrise Stables,
Giant Finish placed in the John Battaglia Memorial and the Grade 3
Park in March before finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby. On May 27, the New York-bred son of Frost Giant breezed four furlongs in 49 1/5 seconds at Fair Hill.
“There’s nothing remarkable [about Giant Finish],” said Dutrow.
“He’s a straightforward boy who tries his best. I’m not seeing anything
different from him [sine the
Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Freedom Child is likely to gallop and work “a little” on Monday, said trainer Tom Albertrani.
Vyjack, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham and the Grade 2 Jerome, will breeze either Monday or Tuesday, said trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Oxbow and stablemate Will Take Charge, who completed their serious preparations at Churchill Downs, will arrive by van at
Park Monday evening, as will Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Derby runner-up Golden Soul, who breezed five furlongs at Churchill in 1:00.40 on May 30, will be flown to
New York on Tuesday, said trainer Dallas Stewart.