Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Mike Smith

Owner: WinStar Farm
Breeder: Aaron U. Jones & Marie D. Jones (KY)

Race Record 8 - 2 - 3 - 2

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Bio for Drosselmeyer

WinStar Farm wanted to have Drosselmeyer compete in the Kentucky Derby, but the $600,000 yearling acquisition lacked the necessary earnings to make the field after finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Risen Star and third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. One week after WinStar won the Derby with Super Saver, Drosselmeyer was heavily favored in the Grade 2 Dwyer here at Belmont, but was a well-beaten second behind Fly Down. By top sire Distorted Humor and out of Grade 1 winner Golden Ballet, Drosselmeyer has yet to race to his potential and will have to take a step forward if he wants to wear the carnations on June 5.

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Prep Recap

Date Trk Race Chart Distance Finish BSF Video
2/20 FG Risen Star Chart 1 1/16 miles 4th 91
3/27 FG Louisiana Derby GII Chart 1 1/8 miles 3rd 92
5/08 BEL The Dwyer GII Chart 1 1/8 miles 2nd 89

Profile by Dave Litfin

Strengths: Well regarded from Day 1, he sold for $600,000 as a yearling, and the son of Distorted Humor keeps threatening to be a good horse. He was beaten less than two lengths in the Risen Star, his first start in a graded stakes and the only time he has ever finished out of the money. He then finished third in the Louisiana Derby after breaking from post 13. After being excluded from the Kentucky Derby because of insufficient graded stakes earnings, he was beaten six lengths by Fly Down in the Dwyer. He spotted the field a couple of lengths at the break and lacked room behind the first flight midway around the turn. Bill Mott-trained horses are entered in the Belmont Stakes for a reason, not the season. His last starter, Vision and Verse, finished second by a head at 54-1 in the 1999 running.

Weaknesses: After appearing uncomfortable in his post-Dwyer gallops, it was discovered he had bruised the frogs on his front hooves. He wore two bar shoes while completing his final training preparations, including Monday's five-furlong workout.

Strategy: Though he has been a bit one-paced in his last three races, that kind of running style can actually be a positive attribute in the Belmont Stakes. If he settles into a rhythmic beat and expends his energy evenly, he may find a sweet spot just off the pacesetters and ahead of the late runners.

Value: If you liked him in the Dwyer at 7-10, you're almost committed to going back for another try at 12-1 on the morning line. And should the rains come, note he has a very high Tomlinson rating (421) for wet tracks, and his most impressive performance as a 2-year-old was a six-length maiden score on a "good" track at Churchill Downs.

Pedigree Analysis By Dan Illman

Sire: Distorted Humor was a good miler during his three-year racing campaign, winning three graded stakes races between seven and eight furlongs, but he'll go down in history as the sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. Funny Cide finished third when attempting to complete the Triple Crown in the 2003 Belmont Stakes. Distorted Humor earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in 15 of 23 races, including the 118 top he received when nosed for the victory in a money allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs. He has been a very productive stallion. Besides Funny Cide, his progeny have won such historic races as the Travers (Flower Alley) and Whitney (Commentator, twice).

Dam: Drosselmeyer is a half-sister to Stage Luck, the winner of the Affectionately Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. Their dam, Golden Ballet, was a multiple Grade 2 winner at seven furlongs. She won six of 10 races in her career, was victorious at distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, and received four triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. This is the female family of graded winners Chati and Hawkin's Special.

Outlook: Drosselmeyer seems like a grinding type. He already owns a victory at nine furlongs and has enough pedigree to appreciate this distance.