Trainer Dale Romans is targeting major races at Belmont Park for three of his stable stars’ next starts.
Dullahan, a multiple Grade 1 winner
who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness and
make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on
Saturday, June 9. The announcement was made in a Friday press release
by Jerry Crawford, managing partner of Donegal Racing.
Last year’s Preakness winner, Shackleford,
is heading to the Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Mile on Memorial Day,
Monday, May 28. The tenacious son of Forestry is coming off an
impressive victory over reigning Eclipse champion sprinter Amazombie in
the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on May 7.
“He ran a terrific race at Churchill Downs, and we’re
really looking forward to the Met Mile,” said Romans, who was at his
Belmont Park base on Friday.
Romans also confirmed that Tapitsfly,
who won the Grade 2 Honey Fox on March 18 at Gulfstream Park, will
join the field for the Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game on Belmont Stakes
Day. She was most recently second in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf
Mile on Derby Day, finishing a length behind Hungry Island, who is
also pointing for the Just a Game for Hall of Fame trainer Shug
While no plans have been finalized yet, Romans said he
may ship all three horses to Belmont Park a few days after the May
19 Preakness. They are currently stabled at Churchill Downs.