A trio of Belmont Stakes 2013 contenders breezed at Churchill Downs on Thursday, including Preakness (GI) winner Oxbow, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI)
runner-up Golden Soul and Will Take Charge, and all exited their workouts in good order.
The D. Wayne Lukas duo of
Oxbow and Will Take Charge, who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby and
seventh in the Preakness, both breezed six furlongs Thursday. Oxbow went
after the renovation break and went in 1:14.60
and Will Take Charge went shortly after the track opened at 6 a.m. (all
times Eastern) and went in 1:15.80.
“They’re both very good this morning,” Lukas said.
Oxbow and Will Take Charge will van to Belmont Park on Monday and will be joined by Lukas trainees Laurie’s Rocket and Optimizer. Laurie’s Rocket will run in the True North Handicap (GII) and Optimizer will run
in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (GI).
Golden Soul, in his first work since finishing second to Orb in the Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 for trainer Dallas Stewart.
“It was one of his best works
yesterday and he really came out of it good,” Stewart said. “He wasn’t
tired and ate great last night. I totally think we’re in it to win it
Golden Soul walked the shedrow of Barn 48 at Churchill Downs on Friday, but will return to the track Saturday.
“He’ll jog Saturday, gallop Sunday,
gallop Monday and then jog or gallop on Tuesday before flying to New
York,” Stewart said. “He’ll gallop up there on Wednesday and Thursday
and then jog Friday.”