It was a busy morning at Belmont Park, where a quartet of contenders for the June 6th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) turned in their final official workouts in advance of the race.
Headlining the work tab were a trio of colts from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, including Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem, who breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47.66. The colt worked in company with stablemate and Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) winner Madefromlucky, who was credited with a time of :47.84. Of the pair, Carpe Diem went the best, starting off about a neck behind Madefromlucky before eventually drawing clear to edge his workmate by about 1 1/2 lengths at the finish while Madefromlucky was urged a bit to keep up. However, it should be noted that Carpe Diem did drift out a bit in the homestretch of the workout, which could be something to keep an eye on as the colt continues his training for the Belmont Stakes.
“You see everything that you expect to see,” Barnes said. “Nothing alarming; everything is super positive. This is absolutely normal going into any race the way that we’re doing. We have really nothing to deal with other than keeping him happy. Everything is going smooth.”
(special thanks to the New York Racing Association and Churchill Downs for filming and posting these videos of the Belmont Stakes contenders training at Belmont and Churchill!)
With eight days remaining until the Belmont Stakes, here is the current list of expected starters:
|American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|Carpe Diem||Unknown||Todd Pletcher|
|Frammento||Mike Smith||Nick Zito|
|Frosted||Joel Rosario||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|Keen Ice||Kent Desormeaux||Dale Romans|
|Mubtaahij||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Mike de Kock|
|Tale of Verve||Gary Stevens||Dallas Stewart|
|The Truth Or Else||Edgar Prado||Kenny McPeek|
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