O'Brien's Stars & Stripes triumvirate scheduled to arrive July 4

July 03, 2017 10:48am

Aidan O'Brien's Stars & Stripes Racing Festival triumvirate are scheduled to arrive in New York on Tuesday, July 4. 

Grade 3 Gallinule victor Homesman and Guineas trial winner Whitecliffsofdover are on target for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby, while Naas Oaks heroine Key To My Heart will take aim at the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, both for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on the inner turf, for the champion European trainer.

Homesman, a late-developing Kentucky-bred by War Front, boasts two wins and two seconds from six starts since his October debut, including a hard-fought head victory in the Gallinule on May 28 at Curragh. Homesman was most recently fifth in the 1 ½-mile King George V on June 22 at Royal Ascot, checking in 4 ½ lengths behind the talented Atty Persse. 

Whitecliffsofdover, also by War Front, will be looking to stretch out beyond a mile for the first time in his seven-race career. A $1.15 million yearling purchase, Whitecliffsofdover boasts a pair of victories at seven furlongs, including a 2 ¾-length gate-to-wire score in the bet365 European Free Handicap at Newmarket Racecourse in April.

Key To My Heart will be making her first start outside of her native Ireland in the Oaks. The speedy Galileo filly is exiting a 2 ¾-length win in the 1 ¼-mile Naas Oaks on June 28.

O'Brien's runners are expected to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at Belmont's Barn 5 in the early afternoon, where they will complete their isolation and quarantine, a process usually lasting between 36-48 hours, while under the care of O'Brien's traveling assistant T.J. Comerford.

Source: NYRA Communications


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