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Prime Cut Ready to Run Marathon

2011 Belmont Stakes logo.

Prime Cut, third in the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 14, departed trainer Neil Howard’s Churchill Downs barn just before 11 a.m. this morning for a flight to New York and was to arrive at Belmont Park later in the afternoon.


“He worked Monday [1:01] so he’ll jog 1 ¼ miles Wednesday and then gallop Thursday and Friday,” said Howard, who said he will likely arrive in New York the morning of the Belmont Stakes. “He’ll probably school in the paddock on Thursday.”


It will have been 11 years since Howard, a native New Yorker, saddled a horse in the Belmont Stakes, having finished fourth with Parade Ground in 1998.


“The 1 ½ miles is a tall order, not just for us but for everyone,” said Howard. “Our colt is a very nice colt with a great demeanor. I think one of his strengths is his stamina; the 1 ½ miles could wind up favoring him.”


Howard said he thought the horses to beat were the “obvious” ones.


“Both Animal Kingdom and Shackleford looked magnificent in the Preakness,” he said. “There’s everything to like about them, and I think Nehro is going to be a factor. It’s a tough race from top to bottom.”



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