After breezing four furlongs in 49 seconds flat on the Belmont dirt training track on June 2 in his final major preparation for the race, Mott said he was pleased with how Channel Maker is doing heading into the race. It was a very nice breeze. He's ready for the Manhattan. A 6-year-old son of Speightstown, Qurbaan has yet to reach the winners circle this year but enters the Manhattan following a game second-place finish in the Turf Classic, beaten half a length by Bricks and Mortar.
Prepping for the race from the privately-owned Greentree Training Center in Saratoga; where he's breezed two times since the Turf Classic, McLaughlin said he is excited to run Qurbaan in the race. The Manhattan is slated as Race 10 on Saturday's race card. First post is a. The four-time Group 1-winning globetrotter the world's current leader in that category, thanks to 11 Group 1 wins or placings in five countries and having twice annexed the globe's richest affair, the furlong Group 1 Dubai World Cup.
The multi-surface specialist returns to the U. They break from post 4 racing for the first time since March 30 and fourth attempt at an American Grade 1. He will carry co-highweight of pounds under the handicap conditions-the least he has carried since his March Group 2 UAE Derby victory. He will have an American campaign and we want to get him started. The Breeders' Cup Classic is the goal again this year. A winner of six of 10, the well-regarded son of champion Street Sense and Breeders' Cup-placed Runway Model appears primed to pose in the winner's enclosure for his Hall of Fame trainer and jockey, Bob Baffert and Mike Smith, who teamed up to win this in with Mor Spirit.
Smith, who also won with Holy Bull in , will look to work out a winning strategy from post 2. Devoid of a top-level win, the son of Stay Thirsty was fifth in his lone Grade 1 try, 's H. Allen Jerkens. Jose Ortiz will guide Coal Front from the inside post. Pletcher will also saddle multiple graded stakes winner Prince Lucky in the Runhappy Metropolitan. Category is 'Grade 1-winning longshots that start with the letter P,' as Robert J. Baron's Jerkens winner Promises Fulfilled pounds and Reddam Racing's Stephen Foster victor Pavel pounds must improve after each finishing fourth at Meydan, while also seeking their respective first victories since last summer.
Pavel was fourth for the second consecutive year in the Dubai World Cup and 10th in last fall's Classic, but has shown a liking for the Belmont surface when third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Representing the best of the sprinters in this annual speed vs. The seven-time winner from 10 starts breaks from post 3.
Another in that category is Mr. Amore Stables' Jason Servis-trained course specialist Firenze Fire, who is undefeated in three starts over 'Big Sandy,' including a nine-length annihilation of Mendelssohn in last July's Dwyer. Fourth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to cap a productive sophomore season, he has started twice in , including a rout of Recruiting Ready last out in the six-furlong Runhappy Stakes. His time that day of I'm not really worried about him stretching out again.
It's a race where we want to take a shot and the mile is within his reach. Last year's winning owner, Charles E. Fipke, returns with Barclay Tagg-trained Tale of Silence to round out the field. A brother to Grade 1 Cigar Mile winner Tale of Ekati, he has also proven effective at the trip, placing five of six times and winning 's Grade 3 Westchester at Belmont. Entering off a freshening since his second to Prince Lucky in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile on March 30, the homebred son of Tale of the Cat will break from post 5 under Julien Leparoux and carry pounds.
The Met Mile is scheduled as Race 9 with a post time of p. First post time is a. First race post time for the race card is a. Serengeti Empress, a dark bay daughter of Alternation, is 2-for-3 this year, taking the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra to kick off her sophomore season before faltering in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks, in which she bled and was vanned off. That's when she showed up again. We did all we could do, and we rolled the dice. We know she's a great athlete because she showed us that in the Kentucky Oaks. If she makes the lead, great. If she doesn't, I'm confident she'll be the just off the pace.
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Trained by Ben Colebrook, the L N J Foxwoods color-bearer came from off the pace to break her maiden last October at Keeneland, and subsequently posted front-running victories in an optional claimer at Churchill Downs and in the Glitter Woman at Gulfstream park to kick off her 3-year-old campaign. The Munnings filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. At the other end of the racing spectrum is the Chad Brown-trained Guarana, who enters the Acorn off just one start, albeit an impressive one. Jose Ortiz rides from post 7.
Another stepping up into graded stakes company is Bo Hirsch's homebred Ce Ce, a chestnut daughter of Elusive Quality who has sparkled in two starts at Santa Anita Park. She broke her maiden in a professional manner on April 19 at six furlongs, and, when stretched out an extra half-furlong on May 11, finished second by a neck facing older fillies. I'd like to see her sitting second with a target. The race looked like it has a lot of speed, so we almost have to hope and lay off it.
The pair will leave from post 3. The Acorn, which will be run for the 89th time, also attracted the second, third and fourth-place finishers from the Grade 2 Eight Belles on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Corey Lanerie will ride from post 4. A winner of two of three starts this season, including scores in the Jerome and the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack, Mind Control has posted a series of strong works at Monmouth Park including a bullet breeze on May 24 in Sacco agreed Mind Control is training forwardly into Saturday's Grade 1 test.
The last work was in company and he did it well within himself," said Sacco. He galloped out good and the main thing is that he came out of the works really well. He was full of himself this morning. He's a very happy, strong horse coming into the race on Saturday. He couldn't be doing any better. The improving Wendell Fong will look to answer the call as he steps up to the Grade 1 level for the first time in the Woody Stephens. Nile says, 'No, there is no Wendell Fong here. A winner on debut in his only juvenile start, the one blemish on Wendell Fong's record came at second asking when fourth in the one-mile Miracle Wood at Laurel Park.
It just wasn't the thing to do. But he's just a very competitive horse and really easy to work with and enjoys racing. All I have to do is keep him happy. He just had that look about him. He had a nice, strong hip. A good shoulder angle. He just seemed like a nice horse," said Englehart. He has turned out to be a real good racehorse. Vargas, Jr. The last work went really well - Jorge came by to work him and was pleased with how it went.
He just went by himself. He can be aggressive and will fight to win [if he goes in company], and we didn't need him to go too fast," said Englehart. Chad Brown will saddle a pair of formidable Woody Stephens contenders in Grade 1 Champagne winner Complexity and impressive maiden winner Honest Mischief. He completed his season with a disappointing 10th-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Complexity, who has posted a string of quick works at Saratoga, will make his seasonal debut under regular pilot Jose Ortiz from post 4.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Honest Mischief graduated at second asking by eight lengths on April 6 at Keeneland. Hall of Famer Javier Castellano retains the mount from post 1. Calumet Farm's homebred Lexitonian returns to Belmont for the first time since his debut win last June when trained by Todd Pletcher. The Speightstown chestnut, transferred to trainer Jack Sisterson for his sophomore campaign, captured the Grade 3 Chick Lang last out at Pimlico.
Joel Rosario picks up the mount on Lexitonian, who will break from post The Woody Stephens is slated as Race 8 on Saturday's race card. Post time for the st iteration of the Brooklyn is set for p. His energy level has been really, really high and he came back with a good breeze, so we felt like he was going to be hard to hold on the ground for another month until the Suburban. We feel like running him is the right thing to do. We kind of had this race in mind all along, thinking that the mile and a half would suit him. He seems to be maintaining really good form and we're happy with him.
I think if we can work out a better trip and get him a little more settled, he's a horse that's shown hints of having enough ability to be competitive in a race like this. He just needs to step up a notch. He's been a bit inconsistent, but he's training like he's sitting on a good race, so we'll give it a try. The Jorge Navarro trainee won the race in and finished a close second last year, but his form tailed off at the end of and he finished a distance third in his debut, the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a race he won in Trainer Jimmy Jerkens' Rocketry will look to continue to improve coming off a runner-up placing in the Flat Out.
The 5-year-old son of Hard Spun was a force to be reckoned with in marathon races in , doubling up on Beyer Speed Figures to close out the year while victorious in the Temperence Hill and Grade 2 Marathon at Churchill, but has failed to recapture that form in two starts this year. He will break from post 6 with Joel Rosario in the irons.
The 4-year-old Curlin colt has improved markedly on dirt this year, with a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and a win in an optional claimer at Santa Anita also on his resume. Hall of Famer Javier Castellano has the mount from post 2. Rounding out the field are Realm, who finished third in the longest start of his career in the Skip Away two back for trainer Barclay Tagg; Sonneteer, winner of the Champions Day Marathon in his most recent start for trainer Keith Desormeaux and Calumet Farm; and Forewarned, trained by Uriah St.
He showed his versatility earlier this year when he won the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs on the main track on April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack and then returned to the grass to win the Grade 2 Twin Spires Turf Sprint on May 3 at Churchill Downs. A monster. A champion horse," trainer Jason Servis said. I'm very pleased with the way he is coming up to this race. I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic," Servis added. World of Trouble and jockey Manny Franco will break from post 8.
Serious opposition to World of Trouble is likely to come from the mare Belvoir Bay, one of two horses entered by trainer Peter Miller, and defending champion Disco Partner, one of two horses trained by Christophe Clement. Gary Barber's Belvoir Bay comes into the Jaipur off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita on May 26, which was her first start since taking on the best turf sprinters in the world in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on March 30, when she also finished second. She will be joined in the gate by veteran stablemate Om, who is looking to rebound from a fifth-place effort last out in the overnight Opening Verse at Churchill Downs on May 2.
Trainer Wesley Ward will be represented by Undrafted in the Jaipur. The 9-year-old veteran will be making his second start of the year after finishing fourth in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint in his last start. The Jaipur is slated as Race 6 on Saturday's race card. It will go as Race 5 with an approximate post time of p. The connections of Midnight Bisou began mapping out her 4-year-old campaign shortly after she ended her sophomore season with a third in the Breeders' Cup Distaff behind Monomoy Girl. To date, that plan has worked perfectly. It seemed like the best way to get us back to the Breeders' Cup, which is the ultimate goal.
Escape Clause, who has excelled since leaving her base at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Canada, where she was a dominate figure, makes her first start in New York, following her loss by a nose to Midnight Bisou in the Apple Blossom. Ever since we brought her south [from Canada], she's done pretty good. In the Apple Blossom, we had a little trouble in the first turn when Wonder Gadot came over on us and it took her a second to get back into stride, but that's just an excuse and I don't like to make excuses.
We're just hoping for a clean trip and that the best horse wins. She had a great work the other day. She's eating up and looks like a picture, which is what you want to see in these fillies. There are probably three or four fillies in here that you're going to see later in the year at the Breeders' Cup. It's going to be a great race for the fans. Listed as Race 4 with a post time of p. The 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready is also unbeaten in three starts over the Just a Game's one-mile distance, and will be making her first start at Belmont since her successful career debut, which she won over fellow Just a Game contender Daddy Is A Legend.
She can run off the pace, she can wire the field, she can do whatever," continued Edwards. When she's in the paddock she just walks around and struts her stuff. A mile is the perfect distance for her, so, hopefully she loves up to the experience on Saturday. Rushing Fall will break from post 4 under Castellano. Previously trained by Andre Fabre, the homebred daughter of Dansili was a three-time winner in France before coming to the United States. She enters the Just a Game off of a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile, where she broke slow and sat well off the pace but lacked enough racing room to make a winning run.
Environs will break from post 6 under Jose Ortiz. She made her first start for Cox a winning one in the Blushing K. Beau Recall will break from post 3 under Irad Ortiz, Jr. Breaking from post 7, Got Stormy will look to turn the tables on some familiar foes. Editors Note: Got Stormy is scratched.
The effort was the daughter of Scat Daddy's first start since a close second behind Uni in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar in December, where she recorded a career-best Beyer. Daddy Is a Legend will be ridden by Manny Franco from the rail. Bellavais was a two-time stakes winner for her former conditioner James Toner and made a winning debut for Pletcher last October when coming off nearly a year layoff. She enters the Just a Game from a fifth-place finish in the Jenny Wiley, which was her first start at such caliber.
Bellavais will be ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez. Capla Temptress will be ridden by Joel Rosario from post 5. Easy Goer was nearly unbeatable at Belmont Park from , with his greatest victory coming in the Belmont Stakes when he ended rival Sunday Silence's Triple Crown bid. On Saturday, the ninth edition of the Easy Goer for 3-year-olds kicks off the stakes portion of the race program with owner John Oxley's Dream Maker facing five others in the 1 mile race.
He worked a half-mile in I felt like he was running at the end of the Chick Lang and he previously won at seven furlongs. Zayat Stables' Majid is 3-for-3 this year for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A son of Shackleford, Najiid was 0-for-2 as a 2-year-old for two different trainers, then broke his maiden in January, and won a pair of optional claimers, most recently at Belmont on May 10 going a mile.
He will be ridden by Luis Saez from post 5. Saturday's race will be a good test for him and he seems to be up to the task. Schibell and Madaket Stables, worked five furlongs in He comes into the race off a ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Rounding out the field are Alwaysmining, whose six-race winning streak was snapped when he finished 11th in the Grade 1 Preakness, and supplementary nomination Grumps Little Tots, who most recently was placed eighth in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial behind early Belmont Stakes favorite Tacitus.
Owned by Gary Barber, War of Will walked the shed row and was bathed shortly upon arrival. He will train on the main track at a. He's happy. This barn is good because it's kind of secluded, so it's kind of quiet. War of Will began his training under the supervision of Begg last summer at Belmont Park. It's been good. Joevia's only off-the-board finish in five career starts came in the Wood Memorial, when he caused interference breaking from outermost post 11 on April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.botorganic.in/63.php
Joevia breezed Saturday at Monmouth Park, where he is stabled, going five furlongs in a minute flat, handily. Lezcano will be making his fifth career start in the Belmont and first since , when he finished a career-best fourth with Street Life. Both horses are expected to arrive at Belmont on Wednesday after traveling from Monmouth at around 8 a. The Arch gelding, owned by R. Tax, whose status for the "Test of the Champion" was uncertain following Saturday's four-furlong breeze in The post-position draw for the st Belmont Stakes will take place Tuesday at p.
Tax will be Gargan's first Belmont Stakes trainee. The Wood Memorial runner-up will be making his first start since being placed 14th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby last month. With exercise rider Faustino Aguilar at the helm, Everfast broke off from the half-mile pole and clocked splits of The move was the second for the son of Take Charge Indy in six days, as he also drilled a half-mile in It's a mile and a half race so we crammed two works back to back to make sure he is plenty fit," trainer Dale Romans said.
He went even early and finished fast and didn't want to pull up, which might be key going into the Belmont.
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Though the colt's closing kick nearly allowed him to complete a Hail Mary-pass as a longshot in the Preakness, Romans wouldn't be surprised to see Calumet Farm's charge laying closer in the furlong Belmont Stakes - a race where tactical speed is most crucial. They're going to be going so slowly early on," the Eclipse Award-winning trainer said. So I would think he would be laying a little bit closer. With one win in 11 starts, Everfast has been under the radar for most of his career but did tease of things to come when he ran second at odds of in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes on February 2.
I feel like we are taking a horse that is live And like I've said many times now that once they show it that they can, then don't give up on them. Bourbon War Jogging Video June 2 "If you look at the chart of the race, he went from eighth, to eleventh, to eighth - maybe when he was taken outside on the backside he thought he was supposed to ease up because he was out of the bridle for about a quarter-mile, then picked it up again in the stretch. On Saturday, he will be sporting blinkers for the first time in a race. And hopefully, his little lack of experience will be offset by the one-and-a-half miles.
In retrospect, the Louisiana Derby is a pretty strong race. Working in company with Juddmonte maiden Tide of the Sea [ He went along in '12s' every furlong and went out strong enough," said Mott. Once he gets in his rhythm he moves very nicely. Last out, in the Kentucky Derby, Tacitus rallied from 16th to finish fourth, defeated less than four lengths, over a sloppy Churchill Downs main track. He was elevated to third when Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first, was disqualified for an infraction at the top of the stretch that saw the Mott-trained Country House declared the winner of the th Run for the Roses.
Mott said Tacitus' physical appearance has impressed him as the colt trains into the "Test of the Champion. I think he's done well. He's a good eater," said Mott. He broke through at the Grade 1 level in September at Belmont over soft going in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure, and doubled up at the top flight last out with a neck score over Arklow in the Man o' War, which garnered a Beyer on firm footing.
Channel Maker breezed a half-mile in 49 flat on Sunday morning on the Belmont dirt training track. We're very happy with him. He's ready for the Manhattan," said Mott. With the st running of the Belmont Stakes as its centerpiece, the Festival will include 18 stakes races over the three days including an unprecedented eight Grade 1 races on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8.
After back-to-back wins, Brown moved the Speightstown filly up to stakes company in November, where she ran third in the Winter Memories at Aqueduct Racetrack in a one-mile contest that was moved off the turf. To start her 4-year-old season, she ran second to stablemate and fellow New York contestant Homerique in the Grade 3 Beaugay on May 11 at Belmont, earning a personal-best 96 Beyer Speed Figure. Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, who rode her to a maiden-breaking win at fourth asking in September at Belmont, will have the return call from post 6.
Homerique made an impression in her first U. After going in six career starts in France, Homerique was shipped across the Atlantic with Brown taking over the training duties. Irad Ortiz, Jr. Godolphin's Lady Montdore will be cutting back in distance after running fourth last out in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay on May 4 at Belmont. Trainer Tom Albertrani said getting Lady Montdore back in action was a positive step and is looking for a return to the form she showed when she won the Grade 2 Glens Falls in September at Saratoga and when she ran third in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl in October at Belmont.
It won't be a matter of fitness, it'll be if she can handle the shorter distance," Albertrani said. But she still tends to be on the lean side. We just have to make up a little bit of ground off the last start. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare entered the Sheepshead Bay last month at Belmont, but trainer Jimmy Jerkens scratched her after heavy rainfall rendered the Belmont turf soft leading up to the race on May 4.
She is in her last six starts on turf labeled firm. Jockey Manny Franco will pick up the mount for the first time, drawing post 1. Since running sixth in her debut in September , Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has seen Giant Zinger go in her next nine starts, including a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Orchid on March 29 at Gulfstream. She's done everything right. Semper Sententiae has finished in the money in each of her last five starts, all against stakes company.
Trainer Mark Hennig moved the daughter of The Factor up to graded stakes competition following a third-place finish in the Tropical Park Oaks to close her sophomore campaign in December. Vexatious, who won the Grade 3 Dowager through disqualification and ran third in the Red Carpet in November, drew post 5 for trainer Neil Drysdale. Matty's Magnum, the winner of the Winter Memories, will go for her first career graded stakes win for trainer David Donk, drawing post 2. As a 3-year-old, he won the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs in his second start over turf and the next year defeated multiple graded stakes winner Bigger Picture by a half-length in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs.
Two starts back, he rounded out the superfecta, finishing fourth behind world champion Enable in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. The time off did him well and it sets up well if we decide to keep him in training throughout the year and early next year. We are incredibly grateful to NYRA for their great hospitality and racing that they will have this weekend. Canessar will seek redemption in the Belmont Gold Cup after finishing second beaten a length to Her Royal Highness' Call To Mind in last year's edition of the two mile turf marathon.
The Guy Pariente-owned gray or roan son of Kendargent will attempt to earn his first victory since his North American debut in the Laurel Turf Cup. Since then, he has raced exclusively against graded stakes company which include runner up efforts in the Belmont Gold Cup and the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes at Arlington last July. Allen Jerkens on the Gulfstream Park turf.
The New York-homebred son of Pure Prize was a close second last time out in the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland, which was contested over yielding ground. European-based runners have won the past two editions of the Belmont Gold Cup, and a trio of European invaders have been sent for this year's running, including Raa Atoll, who enters the race fresh off a victory in the Group 2 Comer Group International 48th Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten in Germany going two miles. Trained and owned by Luke Comer, the British-bred son of Sea the Stars made his first start for Comer last out after being purchased and transferred from former trainer John Gosden.
Jozef Bojko will ship to ride Raa Atoll, who will break from post 8. Breaking from the rail for Hugo Palmer is Mootasadir, who looks to make amends after finishing sixth in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at Goodwood. Mootasadir will be ridden by Ben Curtis from the inside post. OTI Racing's Amade is a two-time winner over the two-mile distance. Trained by Alessandro Botti, the Irish-bred son of Casamento's two-mile triumphs both came over the all-weather surface, and as the lukewarm favorite.
Jockey Flavien Prat will guide Amade from post 3. Carded as one of five stakes events on the second day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, the Belmont Gold Cup will go off as Race 10 with a post time of p. I was a little shook up about it, but at the same time he's come back safe and sound and healthy and we'll move forward.
He'll pilot Whitmore from Post 7. The 5-year-old Union Rags chestnut veered out at the break in the season-closing Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in November finishing sixth, and will make his return to the races off a series of sharp works at Santa Anita, including a four-furlong effort in Joel Rosario picks up the mount and will guide Catalina Cruiser from Post 3.
In his most recent outing, the speedy bay finished second behind Firenze Fire in the Runhappy Stakes on May 11 at Belmont, despite grabbing a quarter after stumbling at the start. Luis Saez has the call from Post 6. Trained by Mark Hennig, Strike Power returned to sprinting in the summer finishing a pace-setting fourth in the Grade 3 Amsterdam at Saratoga. A 4-year-old son of Candy Ride, Nicodemus has three wins and two seconds from seven career starts. He won sprinting in the slop at Aqueduct in March before stretching out to nine furlongs for the Grade 3 Excelsior where he finished fourth.
Jose Ortiz takes over from Mike Luzzi in Post 4. Dougie Fresh Jose Lezcano, Post The True North is slated as Race 8 on Friday's race card. First post is p. Conditioner Wesley Ward, long respected for his ability with juveniles, entered a formidable pair with Richard Ravin's Maven and Dixie Mo for owner and breeder Mrs. Fitriani Hay. Sent off as the post-time favorite, Maven earned a field-high 84 Beyer Speed Figure.
He seems to have mostly taken after his dam, so he looks like he's going to be a sprinter. Ward said he looks for the filly to improve off that start. She didn't come back with a major speed figure in that race, but since then her works have been very impressive. We think her debut really put the light bulb on and she's ready to take next step up to stakes competition. I was a little surprised he was so high of a price at Churchill, maybe the bettors didn't have much faith in us against some bigger named trainers, but he proved himself. When I purchased him as a yearling, he looked to act mature, so we had no qualms about shipping him and he's proven himself on the road so far.
Fore Left will leave from post 4 with Mario Gutierrez in the irons. Since transferring to the barn of trainer Arnaud Delacour for her campaign, Chalon has been a model of consistency. In six starts under Delacour, all against stakes competition, the 5-year-old mare bred by J. After tracking a hot pace, the daughter of Dialed In opened up a daylight lead in the stretch but was run down late by Shamrock Rose.
The race was just the latest in a series of close calls for Chalon dating back to the Grade 2 TCA at Keeneland, which kicked off a string of five runner-up finishes in a row at the graded level. Chalon will break from post 3 with Hall of Famer Javier Castellano aboard. Another contender who has come close to victory in a graded stakes and looking to break through is John Kimmel-trainee Pacific Gale. Bred by Bally Breeders, the Flat Out filly won the Sorority as a juvenile but her development stagnated a bit in as it took her a few tries to clear the N2X level as a sophomore while her Beyer Speed Figures hovered in the 70's.
Over the winter, the Tobey Morton-owned filly showed improvement, starting with a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl in December at Gulfstream Park. She continued her upward trajectory to start her 4-year-old campaign, posting a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Hurricane Bertie and also adding a trio of runner-up finishes at the graded level, including an encounter with Come Dancing in the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack and most recently a tough-luck second in the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap on May 11 at Belmont.
It was a very fast track that day and she put in a good effort. She's certainly been on the upswing and her form is holding. Each race is getting better and better. I consider her one of the better fillies around. The lightly raced filly has only made eight starts since debuting in July but has made the most of them, winning the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course as a juvenile and then taking the Grade 1 Test nearly a year later over the same track.
Bred by Northwest Farms, Separationofpowers will break from outermost post 7 with regular rider Jose Ortiz in the irons. Dawn the Destroyer, a Stonestreet Stables homebred trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, will look to bounce back after a few disappointing efforts against Grade 3 company. Like Pacific Gale and Separationofpowers, she exits the Vagrancy, in which she finished fourth. We're hopeful she gets back to her best form, but we'll see.
It's a tough spot. Going out for potent New York connections trainer Jason Servis and owners Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, Mybigitalianfriend will try stakes company for the first time after a second-place finish against an optional claiming field on March 28 at Gulfstream. She will again enlist the services of Irad Ortiz, Jr. Saguaro Row and Spring in the Wind round out the field. The former, trained by Michael Stidham for Newtown Anner Stud, is 2-for-2 this year and coming off an optional claiming score at Belmont, while the latter exits a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff for trainer Anthony Quartarolo and Ron Paolucci Racing.
Carded as Race 5, the Bed O' Roses has an approximate post time of p. First post time is set for p. Working in company with recent maiden winner Principled, Spinoff completed five furlongs in He stayed steady all the way around and put in a nice seven-eighths gallop out. He had a really strong workout last week, so we didn't have to do quite as much today. He seemed happy and moving well. I think we got a solid work out of him. He seemed to be happy and moving well. He worked on the outside last time, so I just wanted to work him again with the blinkers on and have him on the inside this time and thought it went smoothly.
He got into a nice rhythm. We're happy with how he's been doing since Dubai. Bellavais Workout Video June 1. She's fit and ready to go," Brown said. Newspaperofrecord will be piloted by regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. The OXO Equine-owned daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was fourth in the Edgewood last out and graduated in her prior start when taking her turf debut by four lengths on January 2 at the South Florida oval. From post 4, jockey Jose Ortiz will ride Cambier Parc. Making a return to grass for trainer Mark Casse is Chocolate Kisses, who was placed seventh in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last time out.
The daughter of Candy Ride is a winner on both turf and dirt. She broke her maiden over a firm turf course at Saratoga last July before a third-place effort in the P. Johnson behind Dogtag. After a triumphant 3-year-old debut over the grass at Fair Grounds, she moved back to dirt, taking the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park. Chocolate Kisses, who will be guided by Dylan Davis from post 5, is a half-sister to Synchrony, who is a five-time graded stakes winner on grass.
Both are out of Brownie Points, who is a stakes winner on both surfaces. Nonsensical [post 2, Joe Bravo] is entered for main track only. Bourbon War, working without blinkers, breezed a half-mile over the Belmont Park main track in I thought he did well, looked sharp and galloped out strong," Hennig said. Bourbon War graduated at Aqueduct Racetrack in November ahead of a rallying fourth in the Grade 2 Remsen to close out his 2-year-old season. Bourbon War failed to fire last out when eighth in the Grade 1 Preakness.
Also on the work tab for Hennig was three-time graded stakes placed Semper Sententiae, who went a half-mile in Hennig also worked Courtland Farm's Carlino on Friday morning. The 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid went a half-mile in He was sixth in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special last out. Master Fencer's regular exercise rider Yosuke Kono was in the irons for Wednesday morning's breeze, which saw the horse appear to stumble slightly inside the eighth pole, causing Kono to pull the horse up shortly after the finish line.
Kono, via translator Mitsuoki Numamoto, said Master Fencer was working well up until the stumble and that the horse appears to be in good order after cooling out at the barn. All of a sudden, he stumbled, and gradually shifted to the left by the rail. I switched my whip to make him aware and focus to the end of the breeze," said Kono. I don't think it's something that will cause a major issue. When Maximum Security was disqualified, Master Fencer was elevated to sixth besting the effort of the two previous Japanese-based horses in the Derby topping Lani [9th, ] and Ski Captain [14th, ].
Kono said that Master Fencer has flourished since the eye-catching Derby effort. I felt his running stride has been getting longer than before which is a good sign for us, but maybe that was causing him a little trouble today. He has a long, strong late kick. For him, the mile and a half will be a lot better. We are going to do it our way. So he is not going to breeze. Gary Barber's colt is expected to arrive in New York on Monday, June 3 for his Belmont Stakes run, where he is slated to be the only horse this year to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown.
Indeed, fitness has not been an issue for War of Will this season. Elias Stable. Multiple stakes winner Dynatail for Ballybrit Stable and trainer Mike Dini will take on a formidable field with challengers including Live Oak Plantation's stakes winner Souper Striking for conditioner Michael Trombetta and multiple stakes winner Enchanted Ghost for trainer Hamilton Smith. The five-horse field is highlighted by multiple graded stakes winner Pure Sensation set to make his second start of the year for owner and breeder Patricia Generazio and trainer Christophe Clement following an allowance victory on April 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Master Fencer made the 6, mile journey from Japan to Kentucky to compete in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, where he rallied up the rail under Julien Leparoux to finish seventh, elevated to sixth following the disqualification of Maximum Security who crossed the wire first. Master Fencer had a strong training session on Monday morning, starting with a jog on the dirt training track ahead of a gallop on the Belmont main track. I felt that his stride has changed in a good way and it has become longer.
I'm very satisfied," said training assistant Yosuke Kono via translator Mitsuoki Numamoto. He lost some weight," continued Kono via translator. He eats fair now and we can give him more pressure compared to before the Derby. Master Fencer's presence in the Belmont Stakes will also open the race for pari-mutuel wagering in Japan. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for p. ET on Saturday, June 8 a. Leparoux retains the mount on Master Fencer for the 'Test of the Champion' and he will be at Belmont on Wednesday morning to guide the colt through a five-furlong breeze on Big Sandy.
Both horses covered five furlongs in Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, Tacitus rallied from 16th at the half-mile call in the Kentucky Derby to finish fourth and was elevated to third with the disqualification of Maximum Security. Mott said he was pleased with the breeze from the regally-bred son of Tapit and multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches.
Each furlong was in about 12 seconds and he went out six furlongs in about , so I thought it was a very steady, solid work," said Mott. Country House, who provided Mott with his first Kentucky Derby winner, developed a cough after his historic win and was forced to skip the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness. He's doing fine," said Mott, who trains the Derby winner, bred by the late Joseph V. Shields Jr. Shields, E. It was the first work back for him and it was very good," said Mott. We'll see how he trains up to it. In the piece, XBTV reporter Zoe Cadman and the Triple Crown winning jockey discussed the accident which left him with a broken neck and his riding career at a crossroads.
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Spinoff breezed five furlongs in His race in the Pat Day was probably the most disappointing performance I've seen in a long time from a horse that trained like he did leading into it.
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I don't know if it was leaving from post 14 or what, but he never tightened the bridle at any stage. He breezed in company with multiple graded stakes winning stablemate Prince Lucky, who finished sixth in the Grade 3 Westchester on May 4 in his most recent start and was clocked in I thought he put in a nice move toward the end of the work and he had a nice gallop out as well. Prince Lucky didn't quite get to finish his gallop out due to the loose horse siren that went off, but I thought he also worked well.
We'll see how he comes back next week before deciding on a race for him. The handsome Tapit colt also visited the main track, breezing four furlongs in She ran pretty well here last fall [October 24, Allowance win] going a mile on the turf, so we'll try to do that here again. It'll be a tough assignment, but we'll give her a try. The 5-year-old son of Stay Thirsty breezed five furlongs in Casse said Gary Barber's War of Will, who was a powerful winner of the Grade 1 Preakness, is in good order in Kentucky where he is currently preparing for the third leg of the Triple Crown.
He's been through a lot the past couple weeks, so right now we're just trying to gather up energy and get him feeling good," said Casse. If all goes as planned, he'll get on a van Sunday night or Monday afternoon to New York to arrive for the week of the Belmont," said Casse. I talked it over with Gary Barber and David Carroll [assistant trainer] and that's the way we're going to do it. With Joel Rosario up, Sir Winston tracked the stakes-placed Catch a Thrill before finishing strong to stop the clock in We wanted to give him a good finishing work.
We're not looking for track record speed in any regard, it's just the fact that he comes home and builds some confidence," Begg said. Begg said that Sir Winston is training in the morning in a style that matches his afternoon efforts. He seems to have responded to that in his works. It's a good spot for her. It's a tough spot, but she's doing extremely well right now. We're excited about her.
Under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the early 60's, Gargan sent Tax to the training track at a. We worked him by himself so he wouldn't go too fast. We'll come back next week and work him and get a stronger breeze in him. Hopefully we can work on Saturday next week. I'll work him with another horse next week, so he gets a lot more out of it. If everything goes as planned that's where we'll run," said Gargan. Tax's energy level following the 'Run for the Roses' was good according to Gargan. He stayed on the rail throughout the Derby but was not a factor following the eventual disqualification of Maximum Security.
I expected the track to be sealed tight so I told him to stay on the inside and they harrowed it and it was kind of a disaster," Gargan said. It is what it is and we'll just move on to the next race. Hopefully the Belmont will be a good track that day and we can show that we can run with these horses. He is out of the Giant's Causeway broodmare Toll and comes from the same family as two-time Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate. I needed to see how he'd run in the Derby before making any plans for his immediate future, but I'd always felt like the Belmont Stakes would be the logical next step for him if he proved himself worthy in the Derby first," said Yoshizawa.
I think he will have a better chance in the Belmont than he did in the Derby. I think America's dirt racing is the best in the world, so I know winning won't be easy but I hope he has a chance to run his race and come home safe and sound. Master Fencer earned his way into the 'Run for the Roses' on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby by finishing fourth in the Hyacinth in Tokyo and second in the Fukuryu at Nakayama earning 19 points, good for fourth in the standings.
When the top three finishers in the table in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, who were not Triple Crown nominated, denied the invitation, it opened the door for Master Fencer to compete at Churchill Downs. With his seventh-place finish [elevated to sixth following the disqualification of Maximum Security], Master Fencer bested the effort of two previous Japanese-based horses in the Derby topping Lani [9th, ] and Ski Captain [14th, ].
With the st running of the Belmont Stakes as its centerpiece, the 3-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, from June , will include 18 stakes races over the three days including an unprecedented 8 Grade 1 races on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8. Now in its fifth year as a 3-day event, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will take place at beautiful Belmont Park from Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8, and will include 18 stakes races over the three days including an unprecedented 8 Grade 1 races on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8.
With exercise rider Yosuke Kono in the irons, the sixth-place finisher in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby put in another easy canter once around before finally breaking off for his move. So the first gallop, we did a stop and go because I wanted to see how he can respond to the break. So he did that twice and he responded well.
For the breezing, he did the Japanese way where we start slowly and then maybe the last two furlongs have a strong finish. That admirable surge far outdistanced his odds and cemented his extended stay in North America for the purpose of chasing the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Because of that result, immediately after the race the owner decided to go to the Belmont. But eventually he used such an amazing late kick. We are really hopeful for the next race. Master Fencer is slated to ship to Belmont Park on Friday, May 24 where he will have his final bit of fine tuning in advance of the furlong classic. A Wertheimer and Frere homebred, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun didn't take to the sloppy track conditions in the Derby, according to Pletcher who said that the horse has been training forwardly since then. Spinoff recorded his first breeze since the Derby on Sunday morning with a half-mile work in He put himself in a decent tracking position, but when it was time for him to turn his head he just kind of spun the wheels a bit.
Also targeting the Belmont from the Pletcher barn is Grade 3 Peter Pan third-place finisher Intrepid Heart, who was slow coming out of the gate in the local prep for the Test of the Champion and finished six lengths behind winner Global Campaign as the heavy favorite in his stakes debut. A winner of his first two career outings, Intrepid Heart is by Tapit - who has produced three of the last five Belmont Stakes winners in Tonalist , Creator and Tapwrit - and also is a half-brother to Commissioner who was a close second behind Tonalist, both are out of the graded stakes placed Touch Gold broodmare Flaming Heart.
He's bred top and bottom for the distance and I'm optimistic that his pedigree will allow him to get the distance. The chestnut daughter of Tapit is out of stakes-winning broodmare La Cloche who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winning millionaire Winter Memories. Both are out of Memories of Silver who also is a Grade 1-winning millionaire. Owned by Bortolazzo Stable, Bellavais became a graded stakes winner in her debut which took place in the Grade 3 Marshua's River over the turf at Gulfstream Park. She made her debut for Pletcher and Bortolazzo Stable a winning one in an allowance event over the Widener turf course at Belmont Park last October.
It's a tall ask and it should be a deep, tough race but when she's on her 'A' game she's up for the task. I was worried about that with him. He was a little foot sore afterwards. They were behind Bodexpress, [who continued to run after unseating jockey John Velazquez at the start]. He was not going to let them go by. I was hoping the leader would come off the rail a little bit.
And when he did, Tyler snuck up in there a little bit. But NBC had a camera on me and we gave them a lot to see, I can promise you that. The Racing Forms were delivered to our farm, and everybody would drive from other places and pick them up. You know how a dog waits for its owner to come? I would sit and I would wait for the car to bring the Racing Form. And we can now say we won it. His energy is good. Same thing with Owendale.
War of Will came up the rail to take the lead, reaching the mile in Cox said that he thought he had a chance to win when the field turned for home. Both of them. The horse on the lead ran an unbelievable race. I think for them, everything was positive as far as performance. He gives you what he has. Attendance was , The Preakness is second to none. I just wanted him to get his chance to show everyone how good he is because he is a super horse. We thought we were going to win it two years ago [with Classic Empire] and we got beat at the wire so I kept trying to figure out where the wire was.
It was exciting, just unbelievable. Very happy for the horse, he deserved it more than anything. We always knew he had the ability, we just had to get a little bit lucky and today was our day. I thought the whole race he looked comfortable. When he wanted him to start picking up horses, he did. You could see he had the momentum. I thought we were going to win for a minute. He ran great. We have a great shot at the Belmont. The other horse ran great.
I need to watch a replay, but it looks like he maybe got stuck in behind some horses. He took a little while to get going but ran a great race and I was very proud of both of them. It probably cost us a length or two at the end. He got a little farther back than I expected. He made up a ton of ground. But he showed he belonged. Jockey, Laughing Fox, 5th : "He didn't handle the track very well at the start. He gave it a nice run in the end.
I just wish he handled the track better at the start, but he showed he can run with these kind of horses. I was happy he finished strong. His only weakness is he gets a little bit fired up. He was acting pretty well but then he got fired up. When horses do that it takes a lot of energy out. He got upset, He was so brilliant going in. I thought he would be nice. Actually he broke well. I had a really good trip. I wish I could tell you more but that's it.
He gave it a good effort. But in the second turn, I had to go wide. I thought he still ran well. When he went outside into the clear, he dropped the bridle and then picked it up again. Had blinkers first time, and I tried to get him going but he's still learning. Brian rode him good. He said he put him in position. He was only about four or five off of them when he was in the middle of the turn, and they ran away from him.
But right now we are planning on going to the Belmont. We saved ground around the second turn and then he just evened out. He said the last eighth of a mile caught up to him. He said everything else went according to plan. I think we were about third and stayed there. I gave him a breather on the backside and then tried to win the race. But we came up short today. He had a good trip and we tried to make a move around the turn but he just stopped. We need to find that out, though. He ran well for a mile. Some of them are adapted to a different distance and we found that out.
He was not standing really well. He got me up against the wall in the gate.
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When the doors opened I was standing up right from the start and I kind of jumped sideways. I had my feet out of the irons and I lost my balance and I went off. Watch the Preakness Stakes In the Kentucky Derby, first-place finisher Maximum Security drifted into the path of War of Will on the turn into the homestretch causing Gaffalione to check his horse to avoid a collision. The Mark Casse-trained War of Will went on to finish eighth, but was placed seventh due to the disqualification of Maximum Security that awarded the victory to Country House.
I just wanted him to get his chance to show everyone how good he is, because he is a super horse. Everfast, a longshot ridden by Joel Rosario, closed from far back along the inside to finish second, a nose in front of third-place finisher Owendale, who rallied wide through the stretch under Florent Geroux. Bodexpress, a longshot, reared at the start and unseated Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. Trainer Jonathan Thomas decided to put Catholic Boy, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf last summer, back on the grass for his 4-year-old debut.
Despite drawing the far outside post in a field that scratched down to 10 with the defections of Twenty Four Seven and Flameaway, the More Than Ready ridgling was sent to post as the favorite. I would have been happy coming here and running a good second or third and galloping out well. But he has it in him to win. Though Real Story was still in front after going six furlongs in O Dionysus began to launch a bid on the far outside approaching the stretch and got up to third, but Catholic Boy asserted his class once straightened for home and powered through the lane ahead of several challengers, none more serious than Admission Office, who overcame early trouble with a dramatic dash up the rail.
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Once the T is destroyed along with all of Cyberdyne's research, the T asks that it be destroyed also so that its technology would not be discovered and used by others. Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In the year , John Connor is a U. Senator and has a child. Terminator 2: Judgment Day alternative ending. The fact that Kyle Reese is John Connor's father creates a paradox : John must send Kyle back in time so that he can exist in order to defeat Skynet and send Kyle back to protect his mother in the first place. But this opens up the potential that John may have had another father, as otherwise he would not have existed in the original timeline i.
This leads many fans to one of several theories:. In Terminator: Genisys , it's confirmed that Kyle was John's father the whole time. John knew this when he sent Kyle back and Sarah suggests he manipulated Kyle to ensure his own existence. In this timeline, Sarah was also aware of this fact due to the Guardian. Various actors as John Connor.