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Matuszak Breezes Toward Belmont

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Matuszak, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for George Prussin, hit the track early Sunday morning in preparation of the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Bernardini has only one win to his credit, but is coming off a second-place finish in the Federico Tesio despite a troubled trip. The Mott trainee breezed five furlongs in 1:01.36 seconds and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.47 in company with Abraham.

"Matuszak was good," said Mott. "He went with [Abraham] and finished on even terms with him. It wasn't quite as fast as last week but they went off a little slow."

On Monday, Mott had the talented filly Close Hatches on the worktab, with the filly officially covering five furlongs in 1:00.12. A three-time Grade 1 winner and runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff, Close Hatches is undefeated through two starts in 2014.

"Close Hatches was good," said Mott. "I had :59 and 3 and the clockers had a minute. She looked fine; it was kind of what we were hoping for, that type of work. It looked like she should have got enough out of it and she cooled out fine."

Despite the hype surrounding the Belmont Stakes and California Chrome's Triple Crown bid, Mott believes the Ogden Phipps - which will feature Beholder, Princess of Sylmar, and Close Hatches - will not get lost in the shuffle.

"I don't think the Ogden Phipps will be overlooked," said Mott. "I think there will be a lot of buzz around it. When you get a race that competitive - all those fillies are very well known, they were finalists for an Eclipse award - I think people care."

 

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