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Matuszak Turns in Final Prep for Belmont

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George J. Prussin's Matuszak breezed five furlongs in 1:00.94 over the main track this morning in his final serious work for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

The son of Bernardini went in company with fellow 3-year-old colt Maximus Mike for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. A maiden winner in April at Aqueduct, Maximus Mike was clocked in 1:02.14.

"He just needed some company, that's all; anything to get him started," Mott said. "It was great. He came home very well. I might be wrong, but I got him coming home in under 23 seconds. He went very well."

Sunday marked the fourth straight five-eighths work around Belmont's 1 ½-mile oval for Matuszak, who fired bullets of 59.88 on May 12 and 59.70 on May 19. He was also timed in 1:01.56 on May 26.

Mott has been thrilled with the late spring development of Matuszak, who the trainer said is not ordinarily an eye-catching work horse.

"He's been working quite well. The last three works have been pretty good," Mott said. "I realize we're kind of a long shot and we're reaching, but the horse is actually coming around at the right time, whatever that may mean."

Mott captured the 2010 Belmont with Drosselmeyer at odds of 13-1 and has had five previous starters in the race, including Vision and Verse, who finished sixth behind Lemon Drop Kid in 1999 when Charismatic was vying for a Triple Crown.

Stabled in the barn next to Mott is Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, who will try to become the 12th Triple Crown champion and first since 1978 on Saturday.

"If California Chrome wins, I'll be excited just because we'll have another Triple Crown winner," Mott said. "In the meantime, we'll do our best to try and beat every horse in the race that we can."

 

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Older Comments about Matuszak Turns in Final Prep for Belmont...

I've met a rider or two from Lone Star in some of our local 5k runs.
Why was Ruler On Ice even running? Why was Da' Tara even running? Why was Sarava even running?
  • JohnNicoletti1 · You nailed it amdaman. It is still a horse race, and the favorite does not always win. 12 furlongs, has stopped many great race horses. Looking for some pretty big numbers from this race. · 202 days ago
  • geldedridgling · Keep this a secret guys! Let California Chrome's fans bet him to 1-9 and the "smart" money bet Wicked Strong down to 5-1, while neither have a 12 furlong pedigree and both could finish off the board. · 201 days ago
Im not sure, but did ROC have a jockey in the Derby? Outside post? Didn't CC start from post 17?
Funny I have NEVER seen jockeys race, not once. Horses often
Matuszak.? Son of AP Indy.? What's not to like. Mike smith aboard, and a mile and a half. He will part of my trifect box.
its the belmont 12 furlongs is something no 3 year old has done so its always a crap shot so longshots are very live, plus its a jokceys race not a horses race usually
In all of those cases, the favorite had something go very wrong.
hey there taking a gamble, I think they have balls and want that elusive triple crown win
i meant the connections are taking gamble
Why is this horse even running?

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