Trainer Dominick Schettino will celebrate
his 46th birthday on Saturday by running five horses on the card, including Five Sixteen in the 144th
The only other time Schettino ran a horse
in a Triple Crown race came in the 2005 Preakness Stakes when his Galloping
Grocer moved to the leaders into the far turn before giving way in the stretch
and finishing 13th. Schettino said he later discovered the horse had
a lung infection.
At 50-1, MeB Racing Stables LLC’s
Five Sixteen is among the three longest shots on the morning line, but
Schettino is going about his business as he always does.
As the son of Invasor acted up in the
gate in his most recent start, an entry-level allowance April 18 at Aqueduct,
Schettino schooled the gelding in the starting gate Thursday morning and then
galloped him 1 ½ miles.
“He schooled and he was
fine,” the trainer said.
Schettino said he will have 12 family
members at the track for his birthday and busy race schedule.
“I better go to sleep early
Friday,” he quipped. “Win, lose or draw in the Belmont, I’ve got four others running,
and I treat them all the same. I’m focused on all five of them, not just