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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Medal Count Joins Belmont Stakes Probables

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Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography
Medal Count, a Grade 3 winner who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby, has joined the list of 3-year-olds who are probable for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.

 

Prior to running in the Derby, Medal Count won the Grade 3 Transylvania and was second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass over Keeneland's Polytrack in April.

 

"[Medal Count's] Derby was better than it looks," said Dale Romans, who trains the son of Dynaformer for Spendthrift Farm. "He should have finished third. He was going by [eventual third-place finisher] Danza when he got knocked, and he's a nice horse who belongs. And history shows it will be difficult for California Chrome."

 

Also expected to face Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome are Commanding Curve, Commissioner, Matterhorn, Matuszak, Ride On Curlin, Samraat, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.

 

Kid Cruz is possible.

 

 

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Older Comments about Medal Count Joins Belmont Stakes Probables...

Everyone want to take credit for their horses , but what about the grooms that spend all the time with these horse and do most of the word on them. They just get over look. Pass this on so they get noticed also.
Is it just me or do any other gamblers get irked when the camera only follows the winner at every track ? Sometimes I have the winner on top of 6-8 horses in the super and the camera only follows the winner and keeps following the winner past the finish line and most of the way back . Unless you are at the track you dont get to know who was 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th ????? until much later. Why do they do that ?
I think all of us old time Horse players are reading way too much into this. I've heard that some of Centennial Farm's owners are Nuns and they will have their prayer beads with them to coax Wicked Strong to be 1st at the finish line.

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