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As has been
his custom this week, Guyana Star Dweej
went to the main track Thursday morning with other Belmont Stakes contenders at
8:30, accompanied by Grade 3 winner Shkspeare Shaliyah.
3-year-old stablemates galloped once around the 1 ½-mile oval before heading
back to the Belmont
exercise rider went a little slower than I wanted him to go, but I’m
pleased with the way he went,” owner-trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal said.
“He is more competitive with company, but tomorrow I’m going to
relax him by himself. He won’t do much.”
This will be
the second straight appearance in the Belmont for Shivmangal, who ran last of
12 with Isn’t He Perfect in 2011.
is a different caliber horse from Isn’t He Perfect,” Shivmangal
said. “This horse was bred to go long. He has the stamina, and all I need
from [jockey] Kent [Desormeaux] is to rate this horse, just get him to relax a
little bit on the backside.”
and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another is poised to become racing’s
first Triple Crown champion in 34 years with a victory in the Belmont, but Shivmangal said he
wouldn’t have any problem being a spoiler to the historic quest.
will be very, very happy and proud to do that, and I think I have a shot of
doing it,” Shivmangal said. “I did not go in because I just want to
go in the Belmont.
Winning a race of this magnitude would be great for me. It would be huge, and
something that I’m looking forward to. Of course, it would make anybody
very happy and excited.”