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With the main track listed as sloppy following overnight rain, no
Belmont Stakes contender worked out at Belmont Park
on Saturday. Instead, the majority of the field will have their final breezes
Dullahan had a
leisurely jog on the main track Saturday and will breeze on Sunday, trainer
Dale Romans confirmed.
Trainer Chad Brown said Street Life
will also have his final pre-Belmont workout on Sunday. On Saturday, Street
Life galloped 1 ½ miles.
“I’ve had a wet track in the morning a couple of other
times this month,” said Brown.
“I thought he went very well over it. It really wouldn’t matter to
me if the track came up wet, from what I’ve been seeing.”
Ken McPeek pushed back Atigun
and Unstoppable U’s breezes
until Sunday or Monday, with the former the more likely option. The pair
galloped 1 ½ miles using the same routine McPeek used in 2002 with Sarava, who
upset the Belmont Stakes at 70-1.
“I call it the ‘Belmont
gallop,’” said McPeek. “We jog to the quarter pole, then we
jog back to the wire, and then they take off and make a loop and finish up the
last part of it. It’s a nice mile-and-half gallop with a gallop out past
The connections of Paynter
initially were undecided as to whether Paynter would breeze Sunday or Monday,
but today Jim Barnes, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, revealed
they are leaning in favor of Sunday. On Saturday, Paynter galloped 1 5/8 miles.
Guyana Star Dweej,
who galloped 1 ¼ miles on Saturday, will breeze Monday or Tuesday, according to
trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal.
“We normally jog on an off track, but today we galloped
him,” said Shivmangal. “We want to get him a little more fit and we
don’t want him to be idle because he had a break last week after the
breeze. He went out easy and came back pretty good. We are looking to breeze
him Monday or Tuesday. We have until Wednesday to decide [whether we’ll
race in the Belmont Stakes or Easy Goer overnight stakes], but right now we are
heading towards the Belmont.”
At Fair Hill, Union Rags
galloped 1 ¼ miles and will breeze on Sunday, Michael Matz said. Optimizer and Ravelo’s Boy continued their preparations at Churchill
Downs and Calder Race Course, respectively.