- Always in a Tiz works for possible start in Belmont; decision Monday on Frac Daddy
- Orb, “Todd Squad”and Incognito to breeze Sunday
- Giant Finish, Freedom Child to work Monday; Vyjack either Monday or Tuesday; Preakness winner Oxbow to arrive Monday
Always in a Tiz, most recently ninth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.12 Saturday morning at Belmont Park for a possible start in either the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8 or the $150,000 Easy Goer on the Belmont undercard.
Jockey David Cohen was up for the move, the second-fastest of eight on the main track.
“He worked well this morning, and galloped out well,” said Dominick Schettino, who trains Always in a Tiz for MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables. “I will speak to the owners tonight and we’ll make a final decision after that.”
The Tiznow colt, a maiden winner at Saratoga Race Course, was second to Vyjack in the Traskwood overnight stakes as a 2-year-old. Prior to the Wood he was third in the Smarty Jones and fifth in the Grade 3 Southwest, both at Oaklawn Park.
A decision on the Belmont status of Frac Daddy, who worked four furlongs in a bullet 47.80 Saturday at Churchill Downs, likely would be made by Monday, trainer Ken McPeek said by phone on Saturday.
“I’m going to watch him train at Churchill the next couple of days and we’ll decide Monday,” McPeek said. “He seems to be going in the right direction. He’s a really talented horse who had a lot of issues all spring, but I think he’s beyond them now and we like the distance.”
Runner-up to Overanalyze in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Frac Daddy most recently finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby. His trainer saddled Sarava to a 70-1 upset in the 2002 Belmont.
A number of Belmont Stakes hopefuls will have key workouts at Belmont Park Sunday morning, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb and five prospective runners from trainer Todd Pletcher.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Orb will run in the 1 ½-mile Belmont if he breezes well Sunday. The Malibu Moon colt will go out at 6 a.m. with regular exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Revolutionary, Palace Malice, Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo and the filly Unlimited Budget in as-yet-to-be-determined squads at 6 a.m. and 8:45 a .m. on the main track. The first three are definite for Saturday’s race, with the status of Unlimited Budget and Midnight Taboo dependant on how they work.
Incognito, who joined the Belmont field last week, will breeze after the second renovation break on the training track with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Giant Finish, currently based at Fair Hill, will ship to Belmont Park for a Monday morning breeze, trainer Tony Dutrow said via telephone on Saturday.
“The people who own him want to give him the chance to show what he can do in the Belmont Stakes,” said Dutrow, who added that Giant Finish will breeze on the main track after the renovation break.
Owned by a partnership headed by Andrew Cohen’s Sunrise Stables, Giant Finish placed in the John Battaglia Memorial and the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway Park in March before finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby. On May 27, the New York-bred son of Frost Giant breezed four furlongs in 49 1/5 seconds at Fair Hill.
“There’s nothing remarkable [about Giant Finish],” said Dutrow. “He’s a straightforward boy who tries his best. I’m not seeing anything different from him [sine the Kentucky Derby].”
Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Freedom Child is likely to gallop and work “a little” on Monday, said trainer Tom Albertrani. Vyjack, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham and the Grade 2 Jerome, will breeze either Monday or Tuesday, said trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Preakness winner Oxbow and stablemate Will Take Charge, who completed their serious preparations at Churchill Downs, will arrive by van at Belmont Park Monday evening, as will Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Derby runner-up Golden Soul, who breezed five furlongs at Churchill in 1:00.40 on May 30, will be flown to New York on Tuesday, said trainer Dallas Stewart.