Belmont Stakes contender Tonalist,
trained by Christophe Clement for Robert Evans, had the misfortune of
drawing the outermost post in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the Tapit
colt will break from post 11 with Joel Rosario aboard.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA
don't let myself worry about [the post]," said Clement. "I've just got
to worry about the horse. Rosario will come tomorrow and we'll discuss
it, and we'll deal with it. The plus is you're in the gate last. He's a
really, really big horse with a long stride, so he can basically run his
own race without worrying about anybody else."
addition of blinkers in the Peter Pan helped Tonalist find a little
extra zip, which Clement believes could result in him being on the lead
in the Belmont Stakes, though exactly where he finds himself in the
early stages depends on what Rosario feels is best for his mount.
not? He did show the pace in the Peter Pan," said Clement. "The great
thing is he's versatile. Rosario can break and, judging by the way he
breaks, ride accordingly. It's a wonderful luxury."
3-year-old colt continued his regular preparations on Thursday morning,
narrowly missing a morning rainstorm that rolled through the area.
trained today and looked well; he galloped a mile and a quarter," said
Clement. "He schooled by the paddock, as well, on his way to the track.
We'll probably do the same tomorrow. We got lucky today because I
trained just before the rain, so the track was still OK at the time he
- four-length winner of the Peter Pan - likely will vie with Wicked
Strong to be second choice in the wagering, and is 8-1 on the morning