Belmont Stakes 2011
May 23, 2011 by staff
Belmont Stakes 2011, Preakness Winner Shackleford returned to Churchill Downs Sunday morning and hot connections beginning in the 143rd running of the category 1 and 1 million Belmont Stakes on June 11.
“I thought immediately go to Belmont, but we will get from your regular computer, go over him, train him a couple of days and then decide,” said trainer Dale Romans. “Ultimately it is [owner] Mike Lauffel call, but he lets me have a lot of input, I’m sure. If training is nothing like it did enter the Derby, I see no reason why that would happen.
“The way he looked last night, how he felt – and ate this morning – I think it’s better than 50-50,” added Roman. “It would be great if we could develop a bit of rivalry within the division of 3 years of age. I think this is a good group of horses.”
The coach said he thought the run-front style would be suited Shackleford at one-half miles of the Belmont.
“Back to Woody Stephens said long ago, the Belmont is really a speed horse race. The half mile is a grueling race, and everyone will be tired at the time they reach the post-session.”
Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom was back in his seat on the Fair Hill training center Saturday night and their relationships were hoping the colt would be back in three weeks to renew their rivalry with Shackleford Preakness hero in the Belmont Stakes.
“Both [Owner] Barry [Irwin] and I would run in the Belmont,” said trainer Graham Motion. “The horse was tired this morning, slightly drawn, but that’s to be expected. He ran hard. He ran an incredible race. It was only his second start on dirt. Let’s see how it is, and wait a week or so before making any decision. ”
Motion said he thought it would be good for the races the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown will meet again in the Belmont.
“First, we want to do right by the horse, but I think it would be a good thing,” he said.
If Shackleford Animal Kingdom and facing each other in the Belmont Stakes, which would be the twentieth in the history of Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness winner has faced in the last stage of the Triple Crown. In the past 19 rubber match, the Derby hero has won four times (Shut Out, 1942; Needles, 1956, Chateaugay, 1963, Swale, 1984), with the winner of the Preakness carnations have been nine times (Cloverbrook 1877; Bimelech, 1940, Damascus, 1967, Little Current, 1974, Risen Star, 1988; Hansel, 1991, Tabasco Cat 1994; point since 2001; Afleet Alex, 2005).
Mucho Macho Man, third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness sixth after losing a shoe in front, went to Belmont Park, where yesterday morning coach Kathy Ritvo will continue to assess their status before making a decision on whether to run in the Belmont Stakes.
“We plan to run in the Belmont, and we want to run in the Belmont, but we have to see how he does,” Ritvo said. “I just put him in a van and will return this afternoon.”
Ritvo said Mucho Macho Man seemed to leave the Preakness in good shape and was doing well in the morning.
Gotham stakes winner stay thirst had his first breeze on Sunday from 12 th place finish in the Kentucky Derby, covering a mile on Belmont Park’s main track in 47.97, the second-fastest of 70 at the distance. After work, the owner Mike Repola confirmed that the colt Bernardini was set for the Belmont Stakes.
Among others under consideration for the testing of 1-½ miles from the alternate winner Champion Peter Pan and finished third in that race, the first cut. Returning from the Derby runner Nehra could be based in Ireland Master of Hounds, Santivan fifth and sixth. From California, Anthony Cruz, the latest in the fifth Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and San Felipe runner-up stakes Jaycito are under consideration for the Belmont. In addition, the trainer Bob Baffert said the race was very impressive being considered for Patriot or Uncle Sam, the first two finishers in the Alydar at Hollywood Park on May 8.
Finally, Hi Harlan, who won an optional claimant Belmont on May 13, could enter the field and may be accompanied by stablemate Is not perfect, which was ninth in the Preakness on Saturday. Doodnauth Shivmangal trains both horses.
Tackleberry, victorious in three appearances this winter at Gulfstream Park, breezed four stages in 48.00 yesterday at Calder Race Course in what was his final official training in the run up to the disabled a degree Metropolitan on May 30 at Belmont Park.
“The training was very good and I was happy with it,” said the owner of the gelding 4 years old / trainer Luis Olivares. “He is sending Belmont tomorrow morning.”
Olivares said he has been attacking the Mile met before Tackleberry four places finishes in the Grade 3 Charles Town Classic on April 16.
“We decided before the race of Charles Town who wanted to go to the Met Mile,” said Olivares. “I was thinking of sending it to the Alysheba [at Churchill Downs on May 6], but I met Milla would give him more time.”
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens had thought highly of Irving Cowan Guerrero Bold and the regally bred colt took his first step toward meeting the expectations when he broke his first of three lengths yesterday at Belmont Park in his second start.
“There is always hope when you have a race like this,” he said moments after the child reared Jerkens Bernardini and Wildcat champions had won Hollywood’s diploma.
Bold Guerrero, average 3-year old brother the Breeders’ Cup Mile winner War Chant and Group 2 winner Ivan Denisovich, had finished second in three-quarters of a length debut April 30 at Belmont. In that seven-furlong race, the colt began the rally on the turn time was in the upper stretch and gave the initiative for world power, which had finished second in Gulfstream Park on April 3 in his previous solo effort.
“He ran very well last time,” said Jerkens. “I think it was a good horse that beat him.”
Favored at 2-5 to take a step further in his second start, Bold Guerrero was shown to improve the speed of early evening, August Osage duel through fractions of 22.71 and 45.79, taking command at the top of rail, and drawing clear in a vigorous hand ride. The last time was 1:09.25 for six stages.
“He broke sharp today, did not last,” said Jerkens.
While Jerkens believes the future is Bold Guerrero in road races, chose to enter the colt six hours of Furlong’s maiden race rather than a one-mile event scheduled for May 28.
“We have not been able to train much,” said Jerkens. “We just let the strong gallop yesterday morning. That was the only job I had for this race. Finally, we want to go long. We train times in the mud, but if you have your druthers, if you cannot avoid it. ”
Meanwhile, Jerkens has no immediate plans for Bold Guerrero.
“Just take small steps at a time. You have to keep them sound and keep feeling good. That’s the main thing.”
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