Prime Cut, who finished third in the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont
Park on May 14, remains under consideration for the Belmont with a final decision
expected late Saturday, said trainer Neil Howard.
“We’re still possible,” said Howard
from Churchill Downs, where Prime Cut worked five furlongs in 1:03.60 on
Memorial Day. “Mr. [Donald] Adam, the farm manager and I will have a
conversation tomorrow evening and we’ll probably make a decision then.”
Howard said the Bernstein colt was
doing very well, and added that while the 1 ½ miles is a question mark for all
the starters, he feels the colt’s stamina and pedigree are a plus.
“He ran very well in an important
prep race for the Belmont, the Peter Pan, so he has a good race over the
track,” added the trainer. “But in a race like the Belmont, you don’t want to
just say, ‘Yee-hah, let’s go!’ You’ve got the two obvious horses in Animal
Kingdom and Shackleford, both of whom still look strong to me, and Nehro as