Week of May 14, 2012
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Former Derby contenders found the winner’s circle last weekend and we gear up for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
After placing second in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby, trainer Larry Jones took Mark Valeski off the Derby trail and pointed him towards the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes (chart) at Belmont Park. The plan worked as Mark Valeski won easily, opening up the possibility that the Belmont Stakes on June 9 might be his next stop. Third place finisher Street Life might also point to the Belmont Stakes according to trainer Chad Brown.
At Hollywood Park San Vicente winner Drill won the Laz Barrera Stakes (chart). No word what’s next for Drill but it’s highly likely to be around one-turn. And speaking of cutting back to one-turn, Fort Loudon won the 6-furlong In Summation Stakes (chart) at Calder. In his previous three races he finished sixth in the Florida Derby, fifth in the Fountain of Youth and forth in the Holy Bull Stakes. No word on his next move.
Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can will make her next stop in Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 23. Trainer Larry Jones said that she would likely then go to the Coaching Club American Oaks on her way to the Alabama Stakes. Both races are at Saratoga.
On the Preakness front, Derby winner I’ll Have Another is looking “fantastic” according to trainer Doug O’Neill. The winner shipped immediately to Pimlico where he will gallop up to the race instead of put in an official work. Second place Derby runner Bodemeister was also noted as looking sharp in a jog at Churchill Downs and is scheduled to work this morning. Fifth place Creative Cause put in an energetic gallop at his home base of Hollywood Park and new contenders Tiger Walk and Zetterholm worked on Sunday at Pimlico while Cozetti’s work was postponed until this morning due to the weather.
Elsewhere 2011 Jim Dandy and Travers winner Stay Thirsty will kick off his 4-year-old campaign this Thursday at Belmont Park in the Vanlandingham Stakes. The Grade 2 Suburban Stakes on July 7 and Grade Whitney on August 4 are his goals if everything goes well.
The Preakness field will be drawn on Wednesday at 6pm ET. Get a head start by learning more about the potential starters and history of the Preakness!
There was plenty of action this morning and afternoon…
Bodemeister was confirmed for the Preakness while Hierro, Hansen, Liaison and El Padrino all officially passed. Hansen will point to the Woody Stephens on the Belmont undercard, El Padrino will take off until the Fall, Hierro and Liaison will point to unspecified targets. Daddy Nose Best is now a Preakness possibility as well.
Check probable starters at Horse Racing Nation’s Stakes Tracker
See you at the track!