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Commanding Curve Tries Out Belmont Surface (Video)

West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve had his first and only breeze over the Belmont main track before the Belmont Stakes, covering four furlongs in 47.38 seconds on Sunday. It was the third quickest of 25 moves at the distance.

Going in company with Cost Effective from the barn of Tom Albertrani, Commanding Curve was kept under a hold as he finished approximately one length in front of his workmate.

"I thought he worked great," said trainer Dallas Stewart. "I've never seen him work any better. It was easy, and he was calm and perfect. He came back not blowing. That's the thing about him: he never gets tired. It was just a great day for him. We'll take it."

Commanding Curve, who has one win in seven starts, enters the Belmont Stakes off a runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby. After lagging 12 lengths behind the leader in 18th, Commanding Curve made a steady run to finish 1 ¾ lengths behind California Chrome.

Also on the worktab for Stewart were Unbridled Forever (four furlongs in 48.59 seconds), aiming for the Grade 1 TVG Acorn, and Golden Soul (four furlongs in 47.15 seconds), who is targeting the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational. Both the TVG Acorn and Brooklyn Invitational will be contested on Belmont Stakes Day.

 

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